Old World Vegetable Soup

  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup split peas
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 8 cups chicken stock, water, or a combo
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup elbow pasta
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen lima beans
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed garden vegetables
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped dill leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Saute the onions in oil until lightly browned. Rinse the split peas and barley in water and place in a large pot. Add the chicken stock and water and cook over medium-high heat. until almost tender, about 1 hour. Add the pasta and cook 10 minutes longer. Then add the lima beans and vegetables, cook until the vegetables are tender. Season with dill, salt and pepper.