Dutch Split Pea Soup

Dutch Split Pea Soup

1 lb. split peas

2 quarts water

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. leaf thyme (crushed)

2 whole cloves

1 large onion

2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (3 cups)

1/2 lb. cooked ham, diced

1/2 lb. smoked sausage

2 large leeks, sliced

2 large celery ribs, sliced

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley

Wash and sort peas.

Combine peas, water, salt, pepper, bay leaf and thyme in a large pot.

Press cloves into onion and add to pot. 

Bring to a boil; lower heat; cover; simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally

Remove onion and bay leaf.

Puree mixture. Leave some not pureed for texture.

Add potatoes, ham and sausage, leeks and celery.

Simmer 25 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Garnish with parsley.

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