I tested out the recipe before assembling the ingredients for gift-giving. Instead of tomato paste, I used tomato sauce & added 2 extra cups of water because there was WAY too much bouillon and it made the soup salty. My split peas didnt get soft, even after an hour of cooking...nor were they soft the next day as left-overs. Not sure how long they'd need to be cooked in order for them to not be crunchy. Overall, the soup was good, more of a stew, really, because it was super thick (even after the addition of extra water). I enjoyed the variety of textures with the different grains. It made A LOT of soup, though, so I halved the recipe (and changed the instructions to use sauce instead of paste, add extra water & cook longer) & layered ingredients in small clear cellophane bags, tied with pretty ribbon. I made 25 gift bags & am hoping the recipients enjoy this unique "st-oup."
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I tested out the recipe before assembling the ingredients for gift-giving. Instead of tomato...