Split Yellow Pea and Kale Soup

I got two bunches of kale last week in our organic haul.  I really needed to use it.  I really like making kale chips, but that just sounds like more work than I want to do with one hand (you know. .. from having the broken hand and all. .. .)  I thought it might be easier to throw it in a bowl, cut it with kitchen shears (one of the things that makes life easier with a broken hand), rinse the heck out of it and throw it in a pot of soup.

I think kale goes really well with white beans, but white beans aren't something I normally stock in the house for some reason.  I did have some split yellow peas.  So, I tried to create a soup using kale and split peas.

I started with:
1 quart of beef broth
2 cups of dry split yellow peas
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 small bay leaves

Simmer all of the ingredients listed above over low heat with a lid slightly ajar for 1 1/2 hours.  My stove cooks really hot, so I occasionally turned the burner off for a few minutes and then turned it back on.  Even our "low" isn't low!

If it seems like the broth is soaking up too much into the peas and it's looking dry, add one of the four cups of water from the next set of ingredients.

The next ingredients:
4 cups water
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 bunch of kale, rinsed and chopped

After the first 5 ingredients have simmered for an hour and a half, remove the bay leaves and add the next 4 ingredients and cook over low for an additional 15 - 20 minutes.

I think this turned out really yummy and I proved to myself that split peas don't have to be cooked with ham to be yummy.  They have a richness all on their own.  I will definitely be making this again!

What's your favorite way to use kale?

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