That quote is so true and I know this because my husband walked in ths house and upon smelling this amazing recipe, he said, "Oh my goodness..I need a bowl now. This smells like heaven."
Make this soup, enjoy each drip and think nothing of the calories.
Life is much better when you live like that, anyways.
Oh, and I don't really take fancy pictures of my food. Sorry! Would someone like to come help me with that? I'll pay you in homemade biscuits.
Rachel's Split Pea Soup
1.75 cups of split peas (you can find them on sale at Fresh and Easy for $1.00!)
4 cups of chicken broth
5 -8 strips of cooked crispy bacon (8 if you REALLY like bacon, which we do)
Butter/Olive Oil (no true measurement, just eyeball it)
1 onion chopped
1 shallot chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3-4 sprigs of rosemary
2-5 cloves garlic (depending on how garlicky you like things)
(So, I'm not a precise cook. I eyeball everything and add/subtract things as I go. If that annoys you, I'm so sorry, but it's just the way I do it. Sometimes It doesn't work, but often it makes things surprisingly better than I had hoped.)
Here we go!
Put bacon, chopped veggies and garlic in the bottom of a large dutch oven with some oil (or bacon fat!) and cook them for about 5 minutes (until soft-ish). I kept adding oil as it would dry up but it isn't necessary.
Add broth, a little butter and split peas to the oven and bring it all to a boil and then shut it down to a simmer for about an hour or so. I let mine go for about 2 hours and it was still great.
You can add salt and pepper, but I didn't it was so flavorful! This pot fed our family and 4 other people, so it makes a bunch and is delicious!
I made homemade croutons and threw those on top for some extra flavor. If you want that recipe (EASY PEASY!), let me know!