menu for yor
Got one of those cool hand blenders? You know, the kind of gadget that used to be pitched on
those annoying yet compelling late-night infomercials? It comes in handy for this recipe, which
requires the split peas to be smashed into a smooth consistency, just like the original. If you don't
have a hand mixer, a standard blender works just fine. This soup is very tasty and very low in
fat. And the barley gives it a special chunky consistency and added flavor that isn't found in most
2 cups split peas
6 cups water
2 14.5-ounce cans chicken broth (4 cups)
1/3 cup minced onion
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
dash dried thyme
1/2 cup barley
6 cups water
2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 stalk celery, diced (1/4 cup)
chopped green onion
1. Rinse and drain the split peas, then add them to a large pot with 6 cups of water, chicken
broth, onion, garlic, lemon juice, salt, sugar, parsley, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then
reduce heat and simmer for 75 minutes or until the peas are soft.
2. While the peas are cooking, combine the barley with 6 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a
boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 75 minutes or until the barley is soft and most of the water
has been absorbed.
3. When the split pea mixture has become a thick soup, use a handheld blender to puree the peas
until the mixture is smooth. You may also use a standard blender or food processor for this step,
pureeing the soup in batches. Alternately, if you like, you may skip this step, keeping the soup
rather chunky. It's still good this way, just not as smooth as the real thing.
4. Drain the barley mixture in a sieve or colander and add it to the split pea mixture. Add the
carrots and celery and continue to simmer the soup for 15 to 30 minutes or until the carrots are
tender. Stir occasionally. Turn off the heat, cover the soup, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes
before serving. Garnish each serving with a little chopped green onion.
Makes 8 servings.