Split Pea Soup

Nothing is as filling and satisfying as a hearty soup on a cold chilly day.

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lg potatoes, diced
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 celery stocks, chopped
3 Tbsp imitation bacon bits
7 C water
2 C dried split peas
2 bay leaves
1-1/2 tsp salt

After washing and sorting split peas, place split peas in a large pot with 3 and 1/2 cups of water. Simmer over medium low heat, covered for 45 minutes or until peas are soft. If a smooth consistency in desired, once all the vegetables are soft, remove form heat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Pour cooled soup in blender, filling it half full and blend for 1 minute. Repeat this until all the soup has been blended. Reheat to serve.

Servings: 10

Submitted by Michelle Clark

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