1 good meaty ham bone (or I buy the diced ham in the meat section)
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp thyme, crushed
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
How to make it
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cover dried peas with water. Bring to gentle boil for 2 minutes. Set aside for 1 hour.
Add ham bone (if using diced ham from meat section, add meat during next step), onion, garlic powder, thyme and peper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer on low for 2 hours. stirring occasionally.
Remove meat from bone, dice and return to soup with celery and carrot. Simmer on low for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt as needed.