Because I am a designer, I think in colors quite a bit. I didn’t really realize until now that I actually based my recipe choices on them. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true, I’ve never been happy eating white pasta with white sauce on a white plate… horrid. In honor of Spring and bringing a little color into the world, this soup’s a beautiful green. I sourced the recipe (Parker’s Split Pea Soup) from one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten. I am sharing it because it was really very good and healthy! We’ll see if the kids will actually eat it tonight!
1 cup chopped yellow onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups medium-diced carrots (3 to 4 carrots)
1 cup medium-diced red potatoes, unpeeled
1 pound dried split green peas
8 cups chicken stock or water
In a 4-quart stockpot on medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, 1/2 pound of split peas, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking. Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes, or until all the peas are soft. Stir frequently to keep the solids from burning on the bottom. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot. via Parker’s Split Pea Soup Recipe : Ina Garten : Recipes : Food Network.