I've had this recipe for over 30 years, written on a note card. I can't even remember where I got it. But I love it and it's a staple in our house in the fall and winter. I serve it with my Irish Soda Bread recipe and it always feels like a wholesome, healthy, and very tasty meal.
Heat butter and oil in large dutch oven.
Tip - drop a few pieces of onion in there when you add the oil and butter. Forget about it until you hear them start sizzling, then you can add the remainder. Great tip for multi-taskers!
Add vegetables (onion, celery, carrots, and cabbage) and sauté seven to ten minutes until soft.
Add broth, water, and split peas.
Add spices and stir in.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a a wide variety of spices, and I don't keep all of them in my drawer. Don't go out and buy the ones you don't have. This recipe would be great with just salt and pepper. Use what you have. My last round I used salt, pepper, basil, oregano, sage, and tarragon. And it will be different next time!
After it gets to a boil, cover and simmer for 90 minutes, until the consistency is what you like.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.