This one is simple and inexpensive. My husband liked it a lot. He walked in while it was cooking and said, "Mmm". Normally, he would not touch split pea soup. It's practically vegetarian too--no bacon or ham hocks to touch--and yet still tastes great. Biscuits go really well with this. In fact, I think you need them to make a filling meal.
- Sort and wash peas. Put them and everything else in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for two hours, stirring often.
- Remove bay leaf before serving. A very little salt or salt substitute enhances the flavor.