Andersen’s Pea Soup

Andersen’s Pea Soup Recipe

8 cups water (possibly even a little less, like 6 cups with the option to add more)
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
Salt
Pepper

Combine water, peas, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, red pepper, and bay leaf in large pot. 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 or blend in batches and reheat just to boiling point.

Prep & Cooking Time: approx. 4.5 hours**

**Tips for Reducing Prep & Cooking Time
1. When walking to the store to pick up the ingredients, don’t forget to get enough green split peas. This will save you having to turn the stove off, load the children in to the car, and return to the store to purchase missing ingredients mid-process.
Approximate time saved: 30 min.

2. When encouraging your small child to learn to peel carrots, don’t forget to immediately clean the peelings off of the white formica counter. This will save you from having to spend Quality Time with your sponge and Comet to remove the orange stains. (Of course, if you hadn’t have had to abandon the cooking to go to the store, you probably would have just wiped it up immediately and not realized the benefits of speedy cleaning. I am here to enlighten you.)
Approximate time saved: 15 minutes.

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3. When making 6 batches of Pea Soup (if you have 6 carrots, you are tempted to make 6 batches), it is wise to first see if your pots are big enough to hold all the soup. (Always, always ask yourself–‘Does Madam need a larger vessel?’). This will save you from spooning and measuring between pots, dripping starchy pea-water all over, and cursing your 4th grade teacher for not teaching fractions in a context that matters…like the kitchen. I would suggest putting it all into your biggest pot in the first place. And making only 4 batches at once, not 6.
Approximate time saved (including clean-up of superfluous spills): 45 minutes.

4. When boiling soup in large pot, make sure it doesn’t boil over when you are tending to your infant, or other similarly important duties. This will save you having to move the pot to another burner so that you can clean up the spill before it fossilizes on your stove.
Approximate time saved: 15 minutes.

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5. When blending soup, forgo the useless hand blender entirely and just resign yourself immediately to blending by batches in your Vita-Mix or other blending apparatus.
Approximate time saved: 10 minutes.

6. When blending soup, remember to take the bay leaves out before you blend the soup. This will save you many minutes of picking shreds of bay leaf out of 48 cups of Pea Soup.
Approximate time saved: 20 minutes.

Whether you follow my time-saving solutions or not, know that your soup will turn out delicious and remarkably like Pea Soup Andersen’s…without the 4 hour drive to Buellton.

Of course, if you are not going to follow my suggestions, you might as well drive to Buellton, because it’s going to take you more than four hours to make the soup anyhow.

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