Cooking the veggies in bacon fat adds smoky flavor to this comforting soup. Slideshow:  More Warming Soup Recipes 

Ian Knauer
October 2014

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Yield:
Makes about 8 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large heavy pot, cook the bacon over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain, keep the fat in the pot.

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  • Stir the onions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper into the fat in the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, stock, and split peas and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the split peas are very soft and falling apart, about 1 1/2 hours. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste and crumble the reserved bacon over top.

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