split green pea soup

I can't remember the last time I made split green pea soup but for some reason I had to make it yesterday.  Maybe because I have a terrible hacking cough, pink eye and basically feel like shit.  So not pretty.

2 cups of split green peas – make sure to soak them first while you prep the rest (it does make a difference)

2 large onions chopped

5 large carrots diced

5 celery sticks diced

12 cups chicken broth

2 large ham hocks

in a small spice bag – 2 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp. thyme, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 10 peppercorns

kosher salt

In a large pot cover the bottom with olive oil.  When it gets hot put in the onions, carrots and celery.  Saute until soft.  About 10/15 minutes.  Add the spice bag and saute for another few minutes.  Add the split peas and saute for another minute.  Put in about 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and mix.  Add the ham hocks on top and then pour in the all the chicken broth.  Crank up the heat to high until the soup begins to boil and then take it down to simmer.  Cover the pot and once in a while check it but this basically hangs out on the stove for about 2/12- 3 hours. 

Once it is done take out the ham hocks and pull off the ham (get rid of the fat) and chop into small pieces.  Put that back into the soup.  Salt and pepper for taste.  Serve

I serve this with a baguette topped with gruyere broiled in the oven.  A nice warm dish for a really cold night.