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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Old Fashioned Dried Pea Soup

A hearty Warm thick Soup with lots of meaty flavor if you add your choice of Ham, beef, or sausage
I like to add a few veggies to the pot to get lots of vitamins too, Just what we all need on cold, wet, or snowy days right?
If you don't know what dried split peas are here is a picture of some you can get at your local Walmart if you shop there....

What you NEED:
2 cups split peas
3 quarts cold water
Smoked Ham diced or left over roast beef or sausage(See Below)
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced carrots
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make it:
Pick over and wash the peas. Soak them in cold water overnight, or
for several hours; if quick-cooking peas are used, do not soak. Drain,
place in soup kettle with the left over roast or smoked beef, ham bone, bacon; or some sausage add the cold
water. Cover. Boil slowly but steadily 4 hours or more. (Quick
cooking peas require shorter cooking time.) Add the celery, carrots and cook until the
peas and meat are tender.
Skim fat off top of soup. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet, add
the onions and brown, add flour and gradually a cup of the soup. Add
to the rest of the soup. Season to taste and serve with croutons. Or
cook peas until tender, add sliced smoked sausage or dried beef, boil a
few minutes, and serve hot in the soup.
If soup is too thick, thin with milk, cream or soup stock
Serve with Crackers and a dollop of Sour Cream will make it so Tasty.

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