Split Pea Soup
1 Tbl olive oil
2 oz smoked pork or ham
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
2 cans (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
1 lb dried green split peas
2 Tbl soy sauce
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh dill, snipped (or 3 T. dried)
In a large pot, heat oil and cook ham until starting to brown on edges.
Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring as needed.
Add water, broth, dried peas, soy sauce, black pepper, and dill. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add water if needed.
Puree with a stick blender and serve, perhaps topped with a little Parmesan cheese.
Total Time: 120 minutes