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Absolutely delicious! I will be making this again and again. I halved the recipe since I was cooking for 3 people and didn't make any changes except I upped the thyme to almost a full tsp and added some basil as well. I added all the barley called for and it was quite thick, but everyone in my house loves barley, so we didn't mind. We ate this as a meal with salad and dinner rolls, but it was so filling I don't think we needed the salad or rolls. I made it in the morning and by the time I reheated it for supper the flavour had really enhanced and was even more delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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Suzie_Q June 11, 2008

Excellent soup. I didn't have any thyme on hand but it was still very good without it. I made this vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Soup gets better the longer is sits. Will definitely make this again.

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PickledSeeds April 24, 2008

Wonderful combination of ingredients. I especially liked the barley. I used broth rather than water to cook the barley. I liked a bit of texture left in the soup.

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sugarpea January 17, 2008

Oops!!! I also added a whole onion and 5 cloves of garlic to give it that extra flavorful boost!!!

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Lyzzzzard October 25, 2007

Wow! I got split peas to try this recipe, first time cooking with them. Healthy, delicious, and budget friendly. I'm trying to figure out what the catch here is. Can't wait to finish the leftovers, here. Thanks so much for adding this to my "make often" file.

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MechanicalJen October 22, 2007

This was so amazing. We shared it with my neighbor and she's still talking about it (6 months later). SOOO good.

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Chef Red-head (erin) September 17, 2007

I was looking for something different to do with pea soup and stumbled on this. I used quick barley and otherwise made it as written. Never had California Pizza Kitchen's but this is very good.

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Mrs. Moon August 22, 2007

I have had this soup at the restaurant and it is so good. They make it vegan style.

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singingypsy August 11, 2007

Our family sampled a bowl of this at California Pizza Kitchen and loved it. This recipe is a close approximation. My children really enjoyed this soup, and it was eaten quickly. I may try using more veggie broth and less water the next time I make it. It is a balanced recipe, and a fabulous foundation for any split pea soup.

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PhoenixReborn July 30, 2007

I have tried several different recipes for pea soup and this by far is the best....not bland at all! May want to add extra pepper but it really doesnt need it! and easy to make! I use the veggie broth , never even tried chicken broth : next time maybe i will give it a try but with the veggie broth its really good!

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tallt2 February 17, 2007
California Pizza Kitchen's Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup