Thick and Hearty Spilt Pea Soup with Sausage

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Split Pea soup in one of my favorite winter time comfort foods. It has a to die for rich smoky flavor. My grandma always made this for our family when I was younger and I would stuff myself so full I thought I was going to get sick. I like to make a really large batch also and freeze it for busy evenings when I don’t have lots of extra time to cook.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package dried split peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 8 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage (turkey is the healthiest choice) split lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 4 large potatoes washed well and diced (leave the skin on. that is where all of the vitamins are)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine the dried peas, garlic, bay leaves, salt, dried thyme and chicken broth/water in large stock pot. Cook on high heat until it boils then reduce heat and let simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally.
2. After the above ingredients have cooked for an hour add all other ingredients and continue cooking on low heat for about another hour.
3. As this cooks and with you stirring it, it will thicken up as the potatoes and peas fall apart to make a really thick and delicious soup!
I prefer smoked turkey sausage for my soup but many love ham so you can use that just as well with the same delicious results.
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