Monday, February 4, 2013

Split Pea Soup

Cheap Eats  >>  Split Pea Soup
3-4  Slices Bacon, cooked crisp  -OR-  3/4  Cup  Diced Ham
6  Cups  Water or Soup Stock
1  large  Onion, chopped
1  stalk  Celery, chopped fine
1  Carrot, grated
1-1/3  Cup  Dry Split Peas
1/2-1  teaspoon  Salt
1/4  teaspoon  Pepper
1  Bay Leaf
1/3  teaspoon  Garlic Powder  (that would be a heaping 1/4-teaspoon)
1/3  teaspoon  Dried Oregano  (ditto that measurement)
Cavender's Greek Seasoning, for serving
Saute Bacon in a 4-quart pan.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Remove Bay Leaf before serving.  Sprinkle each serving with Cavender's Greek Seasoning.  Serves 6 to 8.
This recipe is from my Mom.  It is so simple to make and I usually double it.  I really recommend that you do use that Cavender's--this soup somehow doesn't taste as good without it.  But be forewarned:  the fifth ingredient in Cavender's is MSG.  As an aside, do you know how Very Hard it is to photograph an appealing picture of Split Pea Soup?  I didn't either, until I tried!
"We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed;
we are perplexed,
but not in despair;
but not forsaken;
cast down,
but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."
2 Corinthians 4: 8-10
May Jesus Christ be praised!

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