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French American Pea Soup

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“Why make it in the crockpot when the stove-top version tastes great with so little effort? This is very rich, a recipe that makes people ask what's cooking! With the smells of bacon, herbs, and simmering vegetables in your kitchen, everyone will enjoy this comfort food at it's best. The sour cream, chives, and hot sauce garnish take plain pea soup to a more elegant level, too.”
READY IN:
17mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a very large, deep saucepan cook the bacon till it's done enough to crumble a little, (about 15 minutes over medium heat).
  2. Remove bacon, break or chop it up coarsely and set aside.
  3. Add the carrots, onion, thyme, and bay leaves to the pan toss to coat with pan drippings that remained from the bacon cooking.
  4. Cook 5 mintues over med-high heat.
  5. Add split peas and cooked bacon, stir well and cook another 5 minutes.
  6. Add 8 cups of water and bring just to a high boil, then reduce heat and simmer.
  7. When the peas have absorbed about half the water, add salt to taste (the taste of the mixture at this point will be an accurate indicator of how salty the final product will be).
  8. Continue to simmer until the peas are very, very soft and almost all the water has been absorbed;Any water left should be the color of the peas, and thickened.
  9. Stir and check often to ensure the bottom does not burn, especially toward the end of cook time.
  10. If you like a smoother soup, you may choose to puree the mixture a bit with hand mixer before serving.
  11. Remove bay leaves and place soup in bowls. Garnish each with a dollop of sour cream, a couple splashes of hot sauce, and chives.
  12. Enjoy with crusty french or dark rye bread.

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