Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup
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Split Pea Soup

Barbara Kiebel

Split Pea Soup

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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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.


Calories per serving:

322 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 11g 17%
  • Carbs 34g 11%
  • Saturated 4g 18%
  • Fiber 11g 43%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 23g 46%
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12%
  • Sodium 596mg 25%
  • Calcium 49mg 5%
  • Magnesium 40mg 10%
  • Potassium 750mg 21%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 291mg 42%
  • Vitamin A 237µg 26%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 36%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 20%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 20%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 121µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 13µg 16%
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