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Recipe

Split Pea Soup

  • Yield: About 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound dried green split peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Directions

  • In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and split peas and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until the peas are tender.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Add the milk and, using a hand-held immersion blender (or in a regular blender in batches), process until smooth. Add the hot sauce and serve hot.