Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lentil & Split Pea Soup

Two weeks ago Will made a split pea soup using kielbasa instead of ham and it was life changing. I usually can't handle leftovers more than two days in a row and I was sad when we ran out after three days, we have both been craving it ever since. Well, we only used half the kielbasa the for the first batch and split peas cost about a penny so today we fired up the crock pot to have more soup! This time we decided to throw in a bag of lentils as well so that we have a ton of leftovers to eat and to freeze.
Split peas and lentils ready to go!
Lentil and Split Pea Soup

Makes about 20 1 cup servings


- 1 lb split peas
- 1 lb lentils
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1 T dried thyme- .5 lb kielbasa chopped into 1" or less chunks (or ham, or a ham hock)
- 1 yellow or sweet onion, chopped
- 1 carrot


1) Throw everything into the crock pot
2) Turn crock pot on low
3) Wait 8 hours
4) Eat.

Not going to win a beauty contest...blind taste test maybe.
 Pretty simple, but extremely delicious. This is not a beautiful food but it is a comfort food, perfect for a stormy, cold, winter (or confused spring) day. We had ours with lightened up cornbread that I adapted from a recipe I found online. They came out a little weird, sort of more pretzely than cornbready, so I won't lead you down that path!

Pretzel? Cornbread?

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