Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe
|2 qt||soft water (i have always just used whatever came out of my tap)|
|2 c||split peas (a 14-16 oz. bag)|
|1||branch of celery, chopped|
|1||large carrot, chopped|
|1 small||onion, chopped|
|1 clove||garlic, minced|
|1/4 tsp||thyme, ground|
|1 pinch||cayenne pepper|
|1/4 tsp||black pepper|
Anyone who has ever eaten split pea soup at Pea Soup Andersen's Restaurant in Buellton, California, knows it is a unique soup. But the recipe is no secret. It's offered to anyone who buys a bag of split peas in their food shop.
This is the recipe off the bag. I've made it many times, and it's always a hit. And, by the way, the stuff by the same name that they sell in cans can't compare in taste to this homemade recipe.
I never add ham or anything to this recipe because I love Andersen's flavor. I sometimes make a different split pea soup with ham that I don't puree--I leave it kind of chunky with the peas adding texture. It just depends upon what I'm in the mood for. :)