Pearl Harbor Pea Soup


2 15oz cans peas
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
3/4 cup chopped ham
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fine black pepper
pinch of thyme (optional)


1) Heat onion, carrots, ham, and garlic with margarine in bottom of non-stick soup pot. Do not brown or burn. Set aside.
2) Dump canned peas & liquid into blender. Add vegetable broth, salt, black pepper, seasoning. Blend on medium speed until peas chopped up.
3) Pour pea mixture into soup pot with other ingredients, stir well. Bring to boil, then immediately reduce to low heat. Cover and simmer 30 mins; stir occasionally, sparingly add black pepper and salt to taste.