Yellow Pea Soup

8 oz. yellow peas, soaked
1 lb. bacon or salt pork, sliced for small bites
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
2 or 3 red potatoes, medium and cooked
6-8 small pearl onions or one white onion, minced
1-2 tbl. fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried ginger
4 frankfurters sliced for small bites

Cook peas in 3-4 cups water. Bring to boil, then simmer for 1 hour. Leave in the refrigerator overnight or continue cooking until soft enough to mash.

Fry bacon in large soup pan. When half done add celery. When nearly done add onions, do not brown.

Add mashed pea mixture, thyme, carrots and potatoes. Add enough broth to allow cooking. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Check and add more broth as necessary.

Mash potatoes and the peas you missed with a fork. Add frankfurters and cook five more minutes. Serve with bread or crackers.

Serves 8

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