YELLOW SPLIT PEA SOUP
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 large celery rib with leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 cups chicken broth
1 pound dried yellow split peas
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup pistachios
1 In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in oil and butter until tender. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add peas; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender.
2 Stir in lemon juice, cumin and pepper; simmer for 5 minutes. In small batches, puree soup in a blender; return to the pan. Heat for 4-5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and pistachios.
Yield: 6 servings.