Country Pea Soup with Rosemary

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Fresh rosemary is the perfect herb to use with pea soup.Click To Enlarge

Fresh rosemary is the perfect herb to use with pea soup.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

1-1/2 pounds split peas
1 rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, diced
1 large potato, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried crumbled rosemary

Both kids and adults love this simple, hearty soup. Sometimes I use 1 or 2 parsnips in with the root vegetables. This soup is a good one to make ahead; I often do this in a crockpot—start it in the morning—and it is ready by late afternoon; I stir it every now and then, when i walk by.

Excerpted from Herbs in the Kitchen by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger (Interweave Press, 1991).

Serves 8

Wash the peas well until they no longer foam, then sort through them. Add the peas to large soup pot and cover them with 2 inches of water. Add the rosemary sprig and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.  

Sauté the vegetables in the olive oil for 10 minutes. Add them to the peas with the salt, garlic, and rosemary. Cook the soup over low heat for about 25 minutes, or until the peas are done, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasoning with salt and serve hot. If the soup gets too thick just add a little more water.

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Comments (9)

RodneyMcdowell writes: Looks delicious. I think I'll give it a try.
Posted: 2:32 am on September 8th
barryedric writes: amazing nicely
Posted: 10:37 am on July 1st
SynthiaLeary writes: I have done this soup and It's great light meal if only i didnt drop it on the Carpet
Posted: 10:37 am on June 17th
braidycoutney writes: awesomeness
Posted: 7:15 am on May 26th
darrylchad writes: great stuff
Posted: 4:47 am on May 12th
johnludvig writes: super recipe
Posted: 8:00 am on March 18th
micktyler writes: yummy im gonna try this
Posted: 2:17 am on March 17th
meganbarker writes: I will try this pea soup. Thanks for the recipe
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Posted: 9:29 am on February 9th
Schnurz writes: The recipe sounds great. I have a similar recipe also using rosemary.
A wonderful herb to use in a pea soup! The recipe I have also adds some fresh/frozen peas and a little lemon at the end. There is always room to play with any recipe!!!
Posted: 8:49 am on January 19th
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