The weather is atrocious, with the cold winds and persistent rain we could all do with a bit of comfort. What is needed is a bowl of warming soup and I'm sure this one will hit the spot. It's unbelieveably easy to make and tastes delicious. Make lots it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Snuggle up and enjoy.
Split Pea and Bacon Soup
200g yellow or green split peas
300g smoked streaky bacon, or a smoked bacon joint
400g carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 onions, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 litres water
Put all the ingredients (except the seasoning) in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for an hour.
Remove from the heat, take out the bacon, (I like to put aside a few bits of the carrot too) cool the soup slightly and blend until smooth. Add water if it is too thick.
Add seasoning to taste and re-heat gently, chop up the bacon and carrot, add to the soup.
Serve in warm bowls with crusty bread or melted cheese on toast.