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Split Pea Soup

Posted by Denise on March 22, 2011

 split pea soup in orange bowl 1 
  This tasty hot soup is light enough for supper on Spring or Fall evenings. 


I used to think that I didn’t really like soup, but as we are writing down and preparing our recipes for Tasty Home Cooking, I discovered that some of our very favorite winter recipes are hearty soups and stews. We are including this lovely Split Pea Soup recipe today because even though Spring has officially arrived, the weather doesn’t seem to know it yet. Our Split Pea Soup is light enough for spring, green enough for St. Patrick’s Day, yet warming when summer temperatures seem a long way off.

This soup comes together fast. It tastes great the first day you prepare it but can also be made in advance and heated up when needed. We have even made this is in a slow cooker/crock pot with great results.  

When using split peas, they need to be picked over. Although the companies that package the dried peas do a good job of cleaning the peas from dirt and other materials, sometimes pea-sized pebbles or off-colored peas make it into the package. Rinse the peas and take a few minutes to pick through them to make sure nothing inedible makes it into your soup. Unlike dried beans, you do not need to soak dried split peas overnight.


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Split Pea Soup

Serves 4

split pea soup ingredients 
  Things you will need to make Split Pea Soup
1         lb. dried split peas, picked over to remove foreign materials and off-colored peas 
2         slices smoked bacon 
2        quarts chicken stock, more if you like a thinner soup 
1        medium to large ham steak or kielbasa, diced into bite sized pieces 
6-8     baby carrots, diced into small chunks 
2        bay leaves 
           Salt and white pepper to taste 


1.         In a medium stock pot, cook bacon until browned. Remove to paper towels and blot grease off. Chop into small pieces.

cooking bacon for split pea soup

Cook up the bacon for the soup.


2.         Pour chicken stock into same pot. Add carrots and cook for 15 minutes on medium-high heat.


cutting carrots and bacon for pea soup


3.         Rinse peas, removing foreign materials and brown peas. Add cleaned peas to the pot. Add bay leaves. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 30 minutes.

cleaning peas for split pea soup

             You can see the brown peas in the mix that need to be removed


4.         Add ham or kielbasa to the pot. Simmer on medium-low heat until peas are cooked to your liking. Add salt and pepper to taste. (We like to cook the soup until the peas start to break down a little and the soup thickens, but not cooked so long that the soup turns mushy, about another 45 minutes or so. Take a taste and check it when you think it looks good.)

cutting ham for soup


5.         Divide into bowls. Garnish with bacon pieces.

 split pea soup looks great




split pea soup in ornate bowl



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