Split pea and lamb soup

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pack Split peas,green or yellow
4 cups Thinly sliced celery
1 \N Large onion,chopped
½ pounds Boned lamb shoulder or neck*
2 \N Garlic cloves,chopped
1 \N Large dried bay leaf
7 cups Chicken broth

* - cut into ½" chunks

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1. Sort peas, discarding any debris. Rinse peas; drain, and set aside.

2. In a 5-6 quart pan over high heat, combine celery, onion, lamb, garlic, bay leaf, and ½ cup water. Cover and simmer rapidly for 10 minutes. Uncover, turn heat to high, and stir often until browned bits stick in pan. Deglaze by adding ⅓ cup water and stirring to scrape browned bits free. Stir often until liquid evaporates and browned bits form again. Repeat deglazing step several more times until vegetables are a rich brown, about 30 minutes total. 3. To pan, add split peas and 7 cups chicken broth; bring to a boil on high heat. Cover and simmer until peas mash easily, about 1 hour. 4. Discard bay leaf. (You can chill soup atthis step, and continue the next day.) Transfer 3 cups soup (but no meat) to a blender or food processor. Whirl until smoothly pureed. Return to pan. For thinner soup, add more broth. Stir on high heat until hot.

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