Here's the recipe:
1 lb. split green peas (a very full 2 cups)
3 slices thick sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ham, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium to large carrots, peeled and shredded
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
1/2 to 1 tsp salt (remember there is salt in the ham and in the bacon)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp Marjoram
1/4 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp ground Allspice
1 Bay Leaf
5 cups unsalted vegetable stock
3 cups water
In a large soup pot (mine is 8 quart), brown the bacon bits over medium heat, remove from pan with slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
To the bacon drippings add the potatoes, onion, carrots, and celery and cook over medium heat until wilted.
Add of all of the rest ingredients and spices to the pot (including the bacon pieces and the ham). Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover tightly reduce heat to the point where the soup is simmering and then allow to simmer for 3 hours.
Enjoy...makes 6 to 8 servings. BTW, I enjoyed it so much I had two bowls!!!