It was a nasty, winter night and I was not about to bundle up and go food shopping. My pantry and fridge were looking rather anemic, but I figured I could come up with something that would satisfy my need for comfort food and warm me up from the chill coming through my old windows. A few fresh vegetables and some cans in my pantry did the trick. Sometimes you think this type of recipe will be a one time meal, but not so this time.I'll be making this again for sure.
1In large sauce pan over low heat add butter and melt. Now add the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and Old Bay Seasoning. Cook until vegetables become soft. Add chicken stock and split peas. Raise heat to a simmer and cook covered on low 30-40 minutes. Even though the pot is covered, the broth will mostly evaporate.
2While the split peas are cooking make the barley in a separate pot. Add barley to boiling water and cook about 40 minutes. When time is up, drain barley and add to soup pot with split peas.
3Add the can of cream of chicken soup and water. Stir until combined. Add salt and pepper and sriracha sauce. Heat to simmer and serve. This is a creamy soup that you'll make over and over again. So simple, inexpensive, hearty and delicious!