Split pea soup

Last time at Costco, I picked beef bacon for the first time (love those incentive rebates). It's quite good, Canadian and gluten-free. We cooked up one pack for Sunday brunch (of course it came in 2 packs!), and I thought the other I would save for soup. It isn't nearly as fatty as regular bacon so I didn't have to drain the fat. With other bacon you absolutely have to, in my opinion. Anyway, the soup turned out incredibly flavourful and hearty!pea soup, bacon, autumn, hearty, savory
Slice the beef bacon* into small pieces with kitchen scissors. In a large stock pot cook the bacon on medium heat.

*I think you could use any other quality bacon. But this package is smaller than regular bacon packages. If using regular bacon, you would only need half the pack or less. Cook it first, drain the fat.

After 5 minutes, add:

1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
11/2 cups dry organic split peas (rinsed and drained until water runs clear)
pea soup, bacon, split peas, onions

Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir occasionally.

2 X 946ml chicken stock (plus a little more as it thickens if needed)
1 piece of hidaka kelp
1 bay leaf
3 medium potatoes cut in small cubes
2 pieces celery diced

Bring to a boil then let simmer for 2 hours until the peas are softened. Use an immersion blender on low setting to briefly blend the soup. I didn't keep the blender on for too long as I like some whole pieces in this soup.

 Serve with organic corn chips. 
Soup, Split Pea, Bacon, tortilla chips

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