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Pea Soup Andersen's

Pea Soup Andersen's

Today marks the last day of January and therefore, the last day of National Soup Month. I knew that I wanted to share one last soup with you guys, but I wasn't sure which one. That's when I remembered Pea Soup Andersen's. If you have ever driven up I-5 in California, then you know the place (there are actually a few others, but this is the one I know of). It's the kitschy Danish roadside coffee-shop institution with a world-famous split pea soup. Whenever I visit my brother in LA, I always feel the need to stop and get a bowl for my journey home. Now, I no longer need to drive down I-5 for a taste, I can now make it at home. For the secret Pea Soup Andersen's recipe,

Andersen's Split Pea Soup

8 cups water
2 cups green split peas
1 Rib celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 tsp thyme
Dash red pepper sauce
1 bay leaf

Combine water, peas, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, red pepper, and bay leaf in large kettle. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Boil vigorously 20 minutes, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until split peas are tender. Press soup through fine sieve and reheat just to boiling point.

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