Split Green Pea Soup
12 oz split peas
2-3 sausage links, cooked and sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bay leaf
3 carrots, chopped
5 cups chicken stock
Extra-virgin olive oil
Add all ingredients to a large pot, except for sausage links. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 to 3 hours, or until the split peas have softened.
Remove and discard the bay leaf. Purée until smooth. Adjust seasoning. Add sliced sausage to the pot. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle each with about a tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
I chose Mill Street Brewery’s Cobblestone Stout as a very tasty accompaniment.