I was concerned with the flavor issue addressed by others so I decided to be slick. I soaked my peas overnight in 1 qt. of Aldi's Fit & Active chicken broth and 1 qt. of the broth from boiling 3/4 lb. of smoked turkey wings. I then sauteed 1 diced onion in 2 tablespoons of EVOO in my dutch oven and added the peas, broth and smoked turkey wings. I brought it to a boil then a simmer and added the other diced onion and a couple of cloves of fresh minced garlic. I then added a diced red potato, the carrots and celery, the marjoram, and I also added a pinch of oregano and thyme (I didn't add salt or pepper). Everything was cooking wonderfully but was very runny. Then it dawned on me. The peas soaked up the liquid and I had added more liquid to bring the total to 2 qt. I ended up adding an additional 2 cups of peas to get the right consistency (the reason being, as others have commented, peas are not like beans, they absorb liquid and soften quickly). When it finally got there, folks, it was one of the best things I've ever made in my life. Absolutely delicious. My dad and I used to go out for split pea soup at a local restaurant every Tuesday night after work before he passed away. This great recipe brought back those memories. Thanks for sharing it, bluebayou.
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I was concerned with the flavor issue addressed by others so I decided to be slick. I soaked...