If you're looking for a hearty, rustic farmland fare this St Patrick's day, look no further. This meal-in-one-pot broth is full of meat and veggie goodness including the healthful and oh-so-Irish pearl barley and split green peas.
The split peas turns the soup into a thick mushy base in which is nestled the meat and delicious vegetables like leeks, carrots and turnips. Cabbage is added at the very end just until it wilts. I love adding lemon juice at the end because I think it makes great strides to balance the minerality of the turnips and is not traditional.
One challenge this soup represents is preventing it from sticking to the bottom of the pot because of the thickness of the soup base once the split peas turns mushy. So it's a good idea to start on the stove top and finish with the veggies in a slow cooker. That's also a great fix to have the broth finish overnight or while you're at work.
All you need now, is some lovely thick slices of Irish Soda Bread.
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2018!