Monday, October 01, 2007

William's Favorite Split Pea Soup

I usually hate split pea soup BUT this was DELICIOUS!!!! I made it last night and William wouldn't stop talking about it. He kept saying how it tasted like soup from a restaurant. Clearly, he was surprised it turned out so good as my "creations" usually earn an "It's not your best meal" or"That was a good try, Wifey" mark. (I couldn't stop talking about the biscuits I made that finally tasted and looked like biscuits! It only took me just shy of 6 years to get that right! Thanks, Teresa!!) Let me know if you try it!

William's Favorite Split Pea Soup

INGREDIENTS:

6-8 slices of meaty bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 onion, died
5-7 carrots, diced
some garlic salt (or real garlic if you have some on hand)
2-3 chicken boullion cubes
some thyme (maybe 1 teaspoon)
some cumin (maybe 1 tablespoon)
some garlic salt
some rosemary (maybe 1 teaspoon)
1.5 cups green split peas, rinsed and soaked
~5 cups water
2 bay leaves


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large pot cook bacon until crisp.

2. Stir in onion, carrot. Cook until veggies are soft. If using fresh garlic, add it now.

3. Add all spices EXCEPT bay leaves to the oil/bacon/veggie mixture crushing the rosemary and thyme to release the full flavor. Cook spices a minute or two until kitchen is very aromatic!

4. Add the split peas, bay leaves and water to the pot and bring it boil.

5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let it cook for at least an hour, preferably 1.5 hours, stirring periodically.

** To serve, you can eat it as it is, with rice (what we did), or put it in a food mill or blender and serve it extra creamy! Whatever you do, have some cornbread or biscuits on the table to soak up the yummy remnant in the bottom of the bowl!


Other ingredients to consider adding:
- celery
- leeks

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