Split Pea Soup

6 ounces dried green split peas

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1 garlic clove, minced

4 cups water

2 ounces slivered ham

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Sort and rinse peas. Place in 3 quart saucepan; cover with 2 inches water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 1 hour; drain.

2. In same saucepan, heat oil; add onion, carrot and garlic. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add peas and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring once.

3. Add ham, marjoram, salt and pepper; heat to serving temperature. Soup thickens upon standing. When reheating, add additional water to thin.

Yields: 4 servings

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