Americana on the road

Americana on the road


Here’s a classic road trip stop located in Santa Nella, California – Anderson’s Pea Soup Restaurant. If you’re headed to Yosemite or Tahoe, San Francisco or Santa Cruz, and find yourself cruising along the state’s north-central bit of Interstate 5, it’s a great stop to pull over for clean bathrooms and a big bowl of that smooth, flavorful, green soup that tastes of home and will warm you air-conditioned hearts. Gift shop Mad Libs optional on your way out.

Then when you feel like recreating the taste of vacation, here you go! Make a big batch of your own, enough to freeze the extra to pull out to reheat for a quick supper.


Anderson's Split Pea Soup
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Here is the recipe for Anderson's original split pea soup. Soothing and simple - enjoy!
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 8
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups green split peas
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • Dash red pepper sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Combine water, peas, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, red pepper, and bay leaf in large kettle.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Boil vigorously 20 minutes, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until split peas are tender.
  4. Press soup through fine sieve and reheat just to boiling point.

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