Ham and Split Pea Soup

Every year ONE of our Christmas entrees is ham. My husband's FAVORITE soup in all the world is ham and split pea. (Do you see a trend here?) Invariably we somehow always have leftover ham. So, of course, on Boxing Day my husband plans his annual ham and split pea soup Day!!!! IMPORTANT THOUGHT!: You will probably NOT need to add any salt to this. The ham takes care of the saltiness. Should you feel your soup is TOO salty, try this tip/trick that I learned in culinary school: add just four or five drops (yes, drops) of good balsamic vinegar. The balsamic will eradicate much of the over-salty taste and enhance the other ingredients