Split Pea and Barley Soup
2 cups green split peas (can be a mixture of yellow and green)
½ cup pearl barley
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
12 cups water, chicken or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
In a large soup pot, combine all of the ingredients except for the salt and pepper and dill. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 90 minutes to two hours. If the soup is too thick add a bit of water. Season with salt and pepper and add the dill. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Serves 12.
Options: When making soup you can add cut up cooked turkey, chicken or ham.
Adapted from Meal Lean Yumm by Noreen Gilletz