Hearty Pea Soup

my sister sent me this hearty pea soup recipe and i enjoyed it tremendously,   the simmering of onion, celery seed and bay leaf was very aromatic…and I can’t tell you the last time i had lima beans!  I added more carrot.  I also think if you like ham – that would make a great addition too!

1 onion, diced

2 T olive oil

1 bay leaf

1 t celery seed


1 C green split peas

1/4 C barley

1/2 C lima beans

2 quarts water


2 t salt

dash pepper

1 carrot, chopped

3 stalks celery, diced

1/2 C chopped parsley

1 potato, diced

1/2 C chopped leeks

1/2 t basil

1/2 t thyme


Saute onion in olive oil until soft, along with bay leaf and celery seed. Stir in peas, barley & limas. Add water & bring to a boil. Cook on low heat 1-1/2 hours. Add salt, pepper, veggies & herbs. Turn head down as low as possible and simmer 1 hour.


Makes 8-9 cups

bay leaf image source – google images.  sorry, but split pea soup images are not that aesthetic.

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