If you are watching your sodium, this is a special treat, and we didn't add any additional salt to the recipe. We haven't bought a ham, since my husband's bypass surgery, They had a spiral ham at their Christmas luncheon where he works, so he said that he would take it home, make Split Pea Soup, and take the soup back to work. Here is the recipe.
1 16 oz bag of split peas, washed, sorted, and soaked overnight
8 c, of water
1 meaty ham bone
1 large onion, chopped
2/3 c chopped carrots
2/3 c chopped celery
1 bay leaf
Wash peas. Combine, peas, ham bone, water, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and bay leaf in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Turn to LOW and cook for 8-10 hours, longer if peas aren't tender.
Remove ham bone, chop meat, and return to slow cooker. Remove bay leaf from slow cooker. Season with pepper. Enjoy!