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Split Pea Soup With Roasted Pork Belly

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Virgo and the Nervous System   Split Peas. SPLIT PEAS: These great dried peas have been used as healing remedies as well as a great protein source for hundreds of years. They are nutritious and delicious with anti-depressant, anti-anxiety properties, great for the Virgo nervous system. Other health properties also include fiber, tryptophan, manganese and folate, all which will stimulate the touchy nervous systems of those who are prone to depression, which plagues the over-worked Virgo. A nice bowl of split pea soup will really sooth those frazzled nerves!  
Ingredients
  Pork belly slices 12 (thick)
  Onion 1 , diced small
  Carrot 2 , peeled and diced small
  Celery stalks 3 , diced small
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced
  Chicken stock 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Split peas 1 Pound, washed
  Bay leaf 1
  Fresh thyme sprigs 6
  Chopped italian parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

1. Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Cook the pork belly until crisp and transfer to a paper towel to remove the excess fat. Leave just enough of the fat from the pork belly to brown the vegetables. Add the onions, carrot, celery and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the  water, split peas, bay leaf and thyme. 
 
2. Crumble 8 pieces of pork belly and add to the soup. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour and a half or until the peas are soft, stirring occasionally. Season with the salt and fresh ground pepper. Ladle the soup into the bowls and garnish with the parsley and the pork belly pieces. 

This recipe has been excerpted from Astrology Cookbook written by Sabra Ricci.
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Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Servings: 
8
Story
I started using pork belly with this because of my husband. It reminds him of his European roots.

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