Healthy peas soup

1 finely chopped onion
2 peeled carrots cut into cubes
2 pieces of chopped celery
2 chopped cloves of garlic
2 cups peas
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups water
3 potatoes cut into cubes
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
chives to serve

Cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, peas, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper  on  a medium heat. When the soup boils, cover and simmer 1 hour.
Add potatoes and stir. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes or until the potatoes are completely tender.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Blend the soup. Season as desired and serve sprinkled with chives.


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