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Thick, Flavorful, Hearty, Split Pea Soup!

What you need: 

1 bag (2 cups) split peas, no presoaking necessary
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cups water
1 vegetable bullion cube
2 large potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 leek, finely sliced
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons parsley
1 tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary

What you do: 

1. Combine all ingredients in large pot, stir around a bit, cover and gently simmer for about an hour.
2. Use a potato masher to thoroughly mash everything up. There shouldn't really be major chunks of anything floating around. The potatoes and split peas mashed together will make a nice thick puree. (If you don't have a potato masher, use a large fork, egg beater, whatever you have and beat it vigorously for a few minutes.)
3. Cover and gently simmer for about 30 more minutes. Be sure to add water if needed so that the whole thing isn't sputtering loudly like a stew would. It needs to look watery and soupy, not stewy while it's simmering so that it won't burn. Do not boil!!
4. Uncover and simmer until enough water has evaporated to desired thickness (make sure to stir it around to get a better idea because all the gloop will sink to the bottom and make the soup look more watery than it actually is). Remove bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste, enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

yummy!!  made this this afternoon and plan on freezing some for lunches this week.  i didn't have any leeks, but I had all the rest of the ingredients.  I served it with fresh oatmeal bread and it was wicked good!

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Best. Pea soup. EVER!

I omitted the leeks(didn't have any), sauteed the veggies first, and didn't cook it as long as stated (was anxious to eat) and it was still awesome!!!!!!! The most flavorful pea soup ever, and yet very "clean" tasting. This is going to be in my regular rotation!

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I didn't have any leeks but it still turned out fabulously.  There is literally enough here to feed an army  :D

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Delicious! It took me at least an hour longer to make mine, but definitely worth it. I didn't have any Rosemary, and I put a little extra of the rest of the seasonings, and 1/2 cup extra of vegetable broth!

YUMMMMMMY!! THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!!

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I think I've already reviewed this, but oh well.  This is AMAZING split pea!  I don't use celery or leeks (cuz I never have them) but I use extra carrots and potatoes, and this turns out great everytime.  Really good in a bread bowl... mmmmm.

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;)b I made this tonight and it turned out wonderfully.  The only thing I did differently was I sauteed the onions, carrots, celery and leeks before adding everything else.  My husband and son loved it too.  It was so cheap and easy.  Thank you for the recipe. 

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;)b  This is the best split pea soup I've ever had!  I froze it and it was still as good as the day it was made.  Fabulous!

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This was really good!  I never liked split pea in my meat-eating days (something about a giant ham bone sitting in soup just kinda grossed me out) but this was excellent!  I left out the celery and doubled the garlic... this was perfect with some fresh french bread, and it made a LOT.  Thanks!

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made this with mushroom flavoured bulion cubes and just basil. yummy!  :o

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Fabulous! I used turnip instead of potato, added a few more cloves of garlic, and used a good dollop of chipolte in adobo sauce to add a smoky flavour. I didn't reduce it very much and pureed with a hand blender for a smooth texture. It was wonderful! Great soup for cold days and to freeze for future occasion.  Thank you for a great recipe!

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