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Hearty Pea Soup

1 Onion; diced
Broth for sauteing
1 Bay leaf; (optional)
1 ts Celery seed
1 c Green split peas; (uncooked)
1/4 c Barley
1/2 c Lima beans
2 qt Water
2 ts Salt
1 ds Pepper
1 Carrot; chopped
3 Stalks celery; diced
1/2 c Chopped parsley; (optional)
1 Potato; diced
1/2 ts Basil
1/2 ts Thyme

Saute onion in broth (original recipe used 2 T oil) until soft, along with bay leaf and celery seed. Stir in peas, barley and limas. Add 2 quarts 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 to 45 minuts. Thin with additional water of stock as you like. Correct seasonings. Makes about 8 or 9 cups.

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