© Ian Knauer
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 45 MIN
Serves : Makes about 8 cups

You can use any cooked, smoked sausage for this soup. Slideshow: More Warming Soup Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large heavy pot, brown the sausage over medium heat, turning occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer the sausage to paper towels to drain, keep the fat in the pot.

Step 2    

Stir the onions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper into the fat in the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 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. In a blender, puree the soup in batches until smooth. Stir in the reserved sausage and cook until the sausage is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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