After picking up some andouille sausage ***at the market the other day, and have no idea why I did that, but I did. I thought "weeeeeell I'll think about something I want to do with it, it'll come to me."
Well it did in the way of a TV show on foodtv.com. Didn't see it from the beginning but the chef made my adapted version of Split Pea Soup with Andouille Sausage. And boy did that get my attention.
1 lb green split peas
10 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 lb andouille sausage
1 cup diced mild onion
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 1/2 cup small diced carrot (I had shredded carrots on hand)
1 cup diced celery
1 small can chopped green chiles (optional)
1 whole bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
You could put all of this in a crock pot and cook for 5 - 6 hours.
However I did not do that.
saute onions, celery, carrots till soft, add the garlic, but do not allow to burn. Chop the sausage and add to the mixture, saute sausage till slightly brown. Add the stock and split peas. Cook on med/low heat for 3 - 4 hours. The kitchen will be enveloped in this wonderful aroma. I added the chopped green chiles and smoked paprika near the end and chopped cilantro before serving.
I see this revisited one nite this week. So wonderfully rich, full of flavors and serve with some tasty sourdough rolls and my adult beverage of choice happened to be a Corona. Please let me know if you prepare this. Feedback folks, we need feedback.
***thanks to Ellie for pointing out that not everyone knows what andouille sausage is, I included a link.