Easy Split Pea Soup

Preparation Time: 5 minsHands-On Cook Time: 10 mins Leave-it Cook Time: <2 hours

Ingredients: 4c split peas 2 carrots 1/2 white onion 2 garlic cloves 2 tbsp Ghee (*vegan option, use olive oil or avocado oil) 10c Chicken Stock (*vegan option, use vegetable stock) 1 package bacon, nitrate free (*vegan option, omit)

Preparation: In a large soup pot, add ghee, garlic & diced white onion over med-low heat. Begin to caramelize onion and then add bacon. Bacon should be cut down into very small pieces. I stack the bacon and then make thin cross cuts. Cook onion until caramelized and bacon begins to crisp lightly.

Add split peas and stir. Add half the chicken stalk, until contents are covered with liquid, stir. Grate two carrots completely, then add to pot. Reduce heat to a high low setting.

Return to pot every 20-30 minutes to stir. If liquid drops below pea line, add more stock until liquid covers the peas. Anticipate having to add liquid every time you return to stir. After about 90mins, the peas should be breaking down entirely. Once peas are breaking down completely, it's optional to add remaining stock depending on how thick or liquidy you prefer your soup. Mine was quite thick and I added all 10 cups. Pull the soup from the burner once the peas have entirely broken down and the soup has a consistent smoothness. Note that as the peas breakdown and liquid reduces, it's easier to burn the soup on the bottom of the pan; you'll need to stir more frequently.

Let stand 10mins. Serve!