kosher split-pea soup

Sometimes I wish we celebrated Hanukkah. Menorahs are lovely, blue & silver is so wintry, & latkes make a savory balance for any holiday brunch (Clinches historically eat blintzes, very sweet & crying out for something salty to pair). So in rebellion against Christmas ham, here's a pig-free dish for supper one chilly night!

  • 2 cups split peas
  • 3 carrots, chopped super thin
  • pearled barley
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 5 cups veg broth & 5 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt or 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (reserve the zest)

  • Add olive oil to a big pot over med-high heat. Stir in onions, garlic & salt until the onions soften, just a minute or two. Add the broth, water, split peas, carrots, barley & bay leaves. Bring to a boil, dial down the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the peas are cooked through (but still a touch al dente).
  • Using a large cup or mug ladle half of the soup into a bowl and set aside. Using a hand blender (or regular blender) puree the soup that is still remaining in the pot. Stir the reserved (still chunky) soup back into the puree - you should have a soup that is nicely textured. If you need to thin the soup out with more water (or stock) do so a bit at a time. Stir in the lemon juice, kale & heat through. Taste. If the soup needs more salt, add more a bit at a time (or add soy sauce) until the flavor of the soup really pops.
  • Ladle into bowls or cups, and serve each drizzled with olive oil and topped with a good pinch of smoked paprika and a touch of lemon zest.

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