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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.

    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.

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    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