This recipe is close to that found in Best Recipes.
Add a ham bone with a lot of meat on it and a couple of bay leaves to a soup pot with 3 quarts of water. Simmer for 2-3 hours.
Remove ham and add 1 lb of split peas. Shread ham into bite sizes bits when cool.
While ham is simmering, sauté carrots, onions, and celery over low heat until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
After peas have simmered for 45 minutes, add ham, vegetables and some cubed potatoes to the soup. Simmer until potatoes are cooked, about 20 minutes.
Serve with balsamic vinegar and diced red onion.
This recipe is very adaptable for volume and quantity of ingredients. Everyone likes a lot of ham.