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Recipe for split pea soup with ham and eggs

Split pea soup with ham and eggs.

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Split pea soup with ham and eggs.

Serves 4

1tablespoon vegetable oil
2slices cooked ham, coarsely chopped
1leek, thinly sliced
2cloves garlic, finely chopped
1stalk celery, finely chopped
2carrots, finely chopped
1bay leaf
6sprigs thyme
1hambone
1pound (2 cups) green split peas
2quarts water
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste
3eggs

1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the vegetable oil. Add the ham and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes or until it begins to brown. Remove from the pot. Add the leek, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

2. Add the hambone, split peas, water, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and set the cover on askew. Simmer for 1 to 1½ hours or until the peas are almost pureed.

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3. Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and turn off heat. Let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until they are no longer hot. Peel the eggs and chop coarsely.

4. Remove the bay leaf and thyme from the pot. Transfer the hambone to a plate; cool slightly. Remove any meat left on the bone. Chop it coarsely and return to the pot. Return the soup to a simmer and taste for seasoning. Add more salt or red pepper, if you like. Ladle into bowls and garnish with hard-cooked eggs. Sydney Oland

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