Split Pea Soup (Grochowa / Grochowka)

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1 cup yellow split peas,
about 0.4 pound smoked bacon,
1 tsp marjoram,
1 bay leaf,
1/4 tsp allspice
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 carrot (peeled)
1 onion
1 garlic clove, crushed
Maggi to taste (optional)


Cut bacon into small cubes, peel and finely chop onion. Cut carrot into small "squares".
Dry-fry the bacon cubes in a large saute pan for 5 minutes or until well browned and crispy. Add onion and carrot. Fry until onion gets brown. Add water (about 6-7 cups) peas, bay leaf and allspice.. Cook for about 1 1/2 hr, adding water if needed.
Add marjoram, salt, pepper, garlic and maggie to taste.

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