Split Pea Soup
1 16 oz. package of green split peas, rinsed and drained
8 cups water
1 meaty ham bone
1 small onion, chopped
2/3 c. chopped carrots
2/3 c. chopped celery
1 raw potato, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except salt in a large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until peas are soft, stirring occasionally.
Remove bay leaves and ham bone. Using a stick blender, puree soup
Edit: I'm guessing this is about 12-15 servings? It's enough to serve our family of 6 for two dinners, plus my parents for one meal.