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From Betty Crocker Cook Book (40th Anniversary Edition). I've made this SEVERAL times and it is always delicious. consistency.
- Rinse and sort peas. Heat peas and water to boiling in Dutch oven. Boil uncovered 2 minutes. Simmer on low 1 hour.
- Stir onion, celery and pepper. Add ham shanks. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until peas are a little mushy.
- Remove ham bone; remove ham from bone. Trim excess fat from ham; cut ham into 1/2 inch pieces. (If you would like to skim the fat, do so now).
- Stir ham and carrots into soup. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until carrots are tender and soup is of desired consistency, about 30 minutes. Add salt and extra pepper (if needed) to taste.