Old Fashioned Pea Soup

Source: the McCall's Cookbook adapted by Barbara Pistrang

Yield: 8 Servings

2 cups split green peas
5-1/4 cups water
1 cup chopped onion
1-1/2 cups chopped vegetables (combination of celery and carrot)
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 # potatoes, peeled and cubed (optional)
a few hot dogs or kielbasa (optional)

In a 3-1/2 quart pot, combine peas and water; bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer, covered 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary.

Add rest of ingredients (except potatoes, hot dogs/kielbasa), simmer, covered 1 hour. Add potatoes and simmer another 1/2 hour.

Add cut up hot dogs/kielbasa, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper.