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Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of soup in the winter. Split pea is one of my favorites, since its not only hearty and delicious, but easy to make. Of course the easiest way is to buy a bag of split peas with a flavoring packet and just add water. But when experimenting with our own recipe, we found simply adding some sautéed onions and garlic to a vegetable broth base gives great flavor!  We also added some liquid smoke (mmm) to mimic the ham that normally gives the soup flavor, which you could add instead if you’d like.

I love how cooking down the split peas causes them to disintegrate into a thick, soupy texture. We used an immersion blender to blend the soup a bit after cooking, but not too much – I like to keep it fairly chunky. Serve it with fresh baked bread or rolls for a hearty winter meal!


Split Pea Soup

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound split peas
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Smoked paprika to garnish (optional)


  1. Chop 1 onion and 4 carrots. Mince 4 garlic cloves.
  2. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and carrots and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and 1 pound split peas and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add 8 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 to 55 minutes, until the split peas fall apart and the soup becomes thickened. With a hand-held immersion blender, pulse a few times to yield a smoother yet still chunky texture.
  4. Taste, then season with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (to taste), kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Garnish with smoked paprika if desired.

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    January 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Split pea soup is one of my families favorites too! I add barley and lean pastrami to mine…

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    January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Yumm….I would never have thought to add liquid smoke, thanks for the tip!

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    January 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Love split pea soup and love how easy it is to make!

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    January 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I felt like a total dumb right now as I didn’t even know what liquid smoke was!

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    Medifast Coupon
    January 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    This is hearty, warm and full of flavour! Great vegetarian recipe, looks delicious!

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    January 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve never cooked with split peas before, but I love them! I think soup is always a good place to start when using something for the first time.

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    January 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Great Recipe! I saved it immediately to my online cookbook. Smoked Paprika is one of my all-time favorite spices. I esp love the addition of liquid smoke here.

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    January 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Pretty spoon! I bet it makes the soup taste better…

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    March 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I love split pea soup. I think it’s just what I need to combat this dumb cold I got from my sweetly sharing husband.

    you may want to append your directions to include when to add the carrots though :)

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