Split Pea Soup

I vowed not to be broke again this year, but in case you’re shaping up to be (and just in case for me), I’m brushing up on my “recipes of extreme affordability”. Dried beans like these splits peas bought in one pound bag need to be sorted rinsed and soaked before they’re ready to cook up with the good stuff (in this case diced carrot, celery, onion (together mirepoix), garlic, salt, pepper, and bay leaf). Sautee veg in olive oil then add it and residual oil, plus more to soaked beans with water, and more seasoning. Lightly boil/simmer until soft, between 45 and 75 minutes, adding water to prevent scorching as necessary. I use half the 1-pound bag of beans and it serves two or one hungry.

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