I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

This is a great healthy soup. Something to warm you up on a cold snowy day.  About 250 calories per serving.

(serves 8-10)

*6 cups cold water
*2 cups dried split peas
*1 cup cold water
*1/2 cup barley
*1 tablespoon vegetable oil
*1 onion, chopped
*1 bay leaf
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*7 1/2 cups vegetable stock
*3 medium carrots, chopped small
*2 stalks celery, chopped
*3 potatoes, diced
*1 tablespoon dried parsley
*1/2 teaspoon dried basil
*1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

~In a large bowl, mix split peas in 6 cups water and let stand overnight.
~In a small bowl, mix 1 cup water and barley, let sit for at least 1/2 hour.
~In a large stock pot over medium heat sauté onion, bay leaf & onion in oil until onions are translucent.
~Drain water off peas & barley.
~Add peas, barley & vegetable stock to stock pot.
~Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
~Cover, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring once in a while.
~Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, and black pepper.
~Simmer for another hour or two until the peas and vegetables are tender.
~Carefully put soup in mixture and blend until smooth.

-substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock

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