Split Pea Soup
Add the peas, stock, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook over low heat until thickened and the peas are broken down, stirring constantly so the mixture doesn't burn.
Strain into a large serving bowl, using a strainer with large holes, to force the pulp through the holes. Cook's Note: The ham can be chopped into small pieces and added to the soup before serving, if desired.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls and top each serving with croutons.
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