There really isn't a lot to this soup. It's very minimalist on the seasoning allowing the wonderful flavor of the split peas to shine through. Even without extra spices and seasonings it's still bursting with heart warming deliciousness.
Split Pea - Barley Soup
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 tsp Hickory Flavor Liquid Smoke
1 tsp tarragon leaves
2 cups green split peas, rinsed and picked over
4 cups vegetable stock + 2 cups water
1 cup pearled barley, uncooked
3 cups water
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1 large radish, thinly sliced
In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute until tender. Add liquid smoke, tarragon, some salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add split peas, veg stock and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas are tender. In the meantime, bring barley and 3 cups of water to a boil with bouillon cube. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and let simmer until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove barley from heat and set aside. Once peas have become tender, transfer soup to food processor and puree until smooth and creamy (this may need to be done in batches, depending on the size of your food processor; alternatively you could use a hand blender to get the job done). Add barley to pureed soup and stir to combine and heat through. Season with salt and pepper, if needed, to taste. Ladle to bowls and garnish with radish slices in the center.