Classic Split Pea Soup
- ACTIVE: 15 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS
- SERVINGS: Makes about 8 cups
"I haven't met a bean or pea that I didn't love," says Steven Satterfield. Here he soaks split peas for an hour before simmering them in the soup, so they're more tender and the soup is smoother.
- 1 pound green split peas
- 3 quarts water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Parsley Pistou, Onion Rings and crispy bacon (optional), for serving
- In a large pot, combine the split peas and water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
- In a medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the celery, carrots, onion, marjoram and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 8 minutes. Scrape the mixture into the split peas and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the peas have dissolved and the soup is thickened, about 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Parsley Pistou, Onion Rings and crispy bacon.