Split Pea and Ham


2 cups dry split peas
8 cups water
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped ham pieces or meaty ham bone
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water


Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
For a thicker soup, mix 2 Tbs cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water, and stir into soup.

Makes about 3 quarts.