Instead of chicken soup, this was the staple in my house for when we got sick. Our neighbor gave this recipe to my mother when she was a new mother and she was sick. Since it worked, she made tons of it at the beginning of winter (in New York) and froze it in individual servings. I still make it today for a cold winter night with cornbread.
Split Pea Soup
1 c dried green split peas 1-1/2 quarts water
Beef knuckle, cracked or ham bone 1 bay leaf
1 No. 2 can (2-1/2 c) tomatoes 1 t salt
1 med. onion, peeled and chopped dash pepper
Wash and pick over peas. Add remaining ingredients. Cover, simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If the soup thickens too much, add additional boiling water. Remove bone. Press soup through a sieve. Serve hot with croutons. makes 6 servings.