Monday, March 24, 2008

Split Pea Soup

I haven't been baking or cooking much because one of my dogs (Kaylee) had double patella surgery on March 4th. She requires constant monitoring for the next 8 weeks (til April 30th), so anything I make in the kitchen has to be done pretty fast. I did manage to make this soup a couple weeks ago while I got a break from watching her.

Split Pea Soup (From smellslikehome blog and Barefoot Contessa)

1 cup chopped yellow onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups medium-diced carrots (3 to 4 carrots)
1 cup medium-diced red boiling potatoes, unpeeled (3 small)
1 pound dried split green peas
8 cups chicken stock or water

In a 4-quart stockpot on medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, 1/2 pound of split peas, and chicken stock.
Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking. Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes, or until all the peas are soft. Stir frequently to keep the solids from burning on the bottom. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot.

I found this to be extremely thick especially after refrigerating it. I ended up thinning it out with water when I would reheat it. Otherwise it tasted very good and was pretty simple to make.

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