I ate that soup with cranberry juice. Get it? Green soup and red drink? Herbed Tuscan bread on the side? All Christmas colors. Here's the recipe that was adapted from Oh She Glows. I am not a vegetarian/vegan, so my incarnation is yummy, but also pork free. You know all those split pea and ham soups? Yucko. Here's my version.
1 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 t. sea salt
2 c. dried split green peas, rinsed and picked over (for rocks)
5 cups chicken broth
Junist of 1/2 lemon
Add olive oil to a big pot and warm. Stir in onions and salt. Cook the onions until translucent. Add the chicken broth and split peas, bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour - until the peas are soft to taste. Puree in two batches, returning to the pan to re-heat. Serve with a sprinkle of paprika for color and lemon juice for zest. I like mine totally pureed, but some people like it chunky.
Gay Boyfriend totally loved it.