Split Pea Soup Recipe


Cal/Serving: 318
Daily Value: 16%
Servings: 12

Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A4421IU88%
Vitamin C4mg7%
Thiamin (B1)1mg35%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg19%
Niacin (B3)6mg32%
Vitamin B60mg20%
Folic Acid (B9)121µg30%
Vitamin B120µg4%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E1mg4%
Vitamin K13µg16%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated5g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated1g0%
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Split Pea Soup
Barbara Kiebel

I love split pea soup, and I have for as long as I can remember. I wasn't a super fussy eater as a kid but I think we all remember the things we didn't like, even if over the years our tastes have changed and we're more adventurous as adults. I'm sort of surprised that this soup isn't on that list of "no like" as a kid, but I remember loving both split pea and the even uglier brown lentil soup. Go figure right?

Like the ugly duckling, this soup has its beautiful side, but you have to taste it to make that discovery. Rich with the mirepoix blend of sautéed onion, carrots, and celery, I've always done one thing that I think has this simple mixture stand head and shoulders above the others I've had. It's simple, too… I substitute chicken stock for the water that is most often called for when making a bean soup. Wait… guess there are a few more things I do differently!

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4-6 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large or 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces dry split peas
  • 1 ham bone or 16-20 ounces cooked sliced ham
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Two 32-ounce cartons chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Put the olive oil and butter in a large pot and warm over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the carrots, onions, and celery and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

Transfer to a slow cooker and add the peas, ham bone or ham, thyme, and chicken stock. Cook on the lowest setting for 8-10 hours. If using a ham bone, remove the meat and add back to the pot.

Add the half-and-half and season with salt and pepper, to taste. To thicken, blend partially with an immersion blender. Or, remove about 3 cups, blend in a countertop blender, and return the blended soup to the pot. Reheat before serving, if necessary.

Recipe Details

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Servings: 12
Total time: 8 hours, 20 minutes
Cuisine: American
Special Designations: Kid-friendly

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