Randy's Vegetarian Cookbook

Split Pea Vegetable Soup

1  onion, diced
2 Tblsp oil
1  bay leaf or 1/8 tsp ground
1 tsp celery seed
1 cup dry green split peas
1/4 cup barley
1/2 cup lima, great northern, or navy beans
8 cups water ( 2 quarts )
2 tsp salt
  dash pepper
1  carrot, chopped
3  stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1  potato, diced
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
Makes about 8 to 9 cups

Saute onion in oil until soft, along with bay leaf and celery seed. Stir in peas, barley, and limas. Add water and bring to a boil. Cook on low heat, partially covered, for about an hour and a half.

Add salt, pepper, vegetables, and herbs. Turn heat down as low as possible and simmer another 30 - 45 minutes. Thin with additional water or stock as you like. Correct seasonings.

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