2 smoked ham hocks, each about 3/4 lb.
1 1/2 cups yellow or orange split peas
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
8 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock, canned broth or water, plus more as needed
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley