split pea and green pea soup with fresh dill

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This one didn't work out too well first time we tried it; planning to try again some time.

Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large leek (white and pale green parts only), chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 bay leaf
1 cup green split peas, rinsed
5 3/4 cups vegetable broth, divided

1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
5 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add leek and bay leaf. Sautee until leek wilts, about 3 minutes. Add split peas and stir to coat. Add 5 1/4 cups broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until split peas are just tender, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer 1 cup soup solids, bay leaf, and remaining 1/2 cup broth to blender. Add petite peas and 4 tablespoons dill. Puree until smooth. Return puree to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon dill.

Bon App├ętit December 2006 2006-11-28 10:59:09.0