1 medium onion (chopped)
3 stalks celery (chopped)
2 medium carrots (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
1/2 tsp black pepper (ground)
2-3 bay leaves (crumbled)
2 tsp paprika (ground)
2 cups dry split peas
2 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
2 to 5 cups water or vegetable broth (add as much liquid as needed)
In a sauce pan, brown onions, 5 min. Add celery, carrots and garlic, and continue to saute, 5 minutes. Add a touch of water as necessary.
Then add split peas, potatoes, water and spices, stir and bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cover 1 and 1/2 hours.
Allow to partially cool, and with stick blender partially blend together, leaving a few peas and potato chunks for texture.
Salt to taste and garnish with fresh parsley.