Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Split Pea Soup

Have too many beans from your WIC checks?  Get peas and you can do all sorts of things with them.  This is one of our favorites; I make it every other week.

1 - 16 oz bag of Split Peas, rinsed and checked for rocks.
1 - package of Kielbasa, we like to use Lean turkey
64 oz of Chicken Stock (I use Better than Boullion and water)
2 Onions
4 stalks of celery
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/8 tsp of cloves
1 bay leaf (optional)
2 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of Olive oil (or whatever oil is around)

Heat a nice big pot.  Add olive oil, onions and kielbasa.  Cook on medium until onions have turned a little translucent, I like mine kind of caramelized.  Add in garlic and celery, cook until you really smell the garlic, about 2 minutes.   Throw in the rest of the ingredients and cook for 1 hour. 

I usually wait for the kielbasa to go one sale and buy 4 then freeze them.  We sometimes add in ham, but the kielbasa has a better flavor.

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