Name Split Pea Soup with Sausage


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* 8-ounce Polish sausage or other smoked sausage, cut in halves lengthwise , then into slices crosswise
* 1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas, sorted and rinsed
* 2 to 3 medium carrots, sliced
* 2 ribs celery, sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 3/4 teaspoon dried leaf marjoram
* 1/4 teaspoon leaf thyme
* 1 small bay leaf
* 3 1/2 cups chicken broth

Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until browned. Drain well. Combine sausage and remaining ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or until peas are tender. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Mash slightly to thicken more, if desired. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Makes 6 servings.

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