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       Title: FRESH PEA SOUP (IRISH)
  Categories: Soups, Vegetables, Irish
       Yield: 6 servings
  
     350 g  Peas, freshly shelled
       2 T  Butter
       1 ea Medium-sized onion, chopped
       1 ea Head iceberg lettuce/chopped
       1 ea Sprig mint, chopped
       1 ea Sprig parsley, chopped
       3 ea Strips bacon, chopped
   1 1/2 l  Ham stock
       1 x  Salt and pepper
       1 x  Sugar
       1 x  Chopped parsley
  
   After shelling the peas, save the pods, wash them and put them to boil in
   the ham stock while preparing the soup.  Heat the butter in a large
   saucepan and soften the onion in it, then add the lettuce, mint and
   parsley.  De-rind and chop the bacon.  Fry it for about 2 minutes, turning
   it from time to time;  add to the saucepan with the peas, salt, pepper and
   a small amount of sugar.  Strain the stock and add.  Bring to the boil,
   stirring, then simmer for about half an hour until the peas are quite
   soft.  Sive or liquidize, taste for seasonings and add a little milk or
   cream if needed (but not too much, for the fresh flavor must be
   preserved).  Garnish with chopped parsley or mint.
  
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