In my quest to make my standard winter fare (I or we, have made split pea soup almost every winter since I can't remember when-even when we were in Florida and the temperature would dip to a blustery 56 degrees, ha ha ha.), I was searching for a different recipe than the standard back of the bag recipe. I happened across this recipe for Andersen's Famous Split Pea Soup . I then found their website here: Andersen's Pea Soup Restaurant ,opened in 1924. Yes folks, that is 86 years. Read on to find out more about the history of this well known restaurant.
The recipe was very similar to what I normally make. It is just put together a bit differently. The vegetables are added last, not during the long simmer. Simple ingredients for a very satisfying soup.
Sort and Soak
Simmer chicken stock, peas and ham. Skimming top frequently.
Saute and add the vegetables
2 cups cold water
4 cups of chicken (or vegetable) stock
1 pound dried split peas (about 2-1/4 cups) picked over and rinsed as sometimes there are tiny rocks in with the peas
1 large stalk of celery, diced
1 Bay leaf
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon of sea salt, or to taste
3/8 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme or a few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 medium carrot, diced
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
Dash of cayenne pepper or a few red pepper flakes
Heat water, stock and peas to boiling in a large soup pot and boil for 2 minutes
Remove from heat and let stand for about 1 hour and cover. Let sit for 1 hour.
Stir in onion, celery, bay leaf, pepper and thyme and again heat to boiling; then reduce heat
Cover and simmer until peas are tender (about 40 minutes), and stir occasionally
Stir diced carrots into soup and and heat to boiling; then reduce heat and be careful NOT to burn the soup
Cover again and simmer until carrots are tender and your soup is at th desired consistency (about 30 minutes)
Stir in the cayenne pepper, garlic powder and parsley near the end of the cooking process and correct seasonings to your taste
To reheat the pea soup, thin with a little chicken (or vegetable) stock to desired consistency and ...Enjoy Again!
Michael and Carla