A Healthy Split Pea Soup Recipe

This is the best split pea soup recipe I have. It is so delicious!

Split pea is a hearty soup and makes a great lunch or light dinner with just a piece of good bread or a salad.

Split pea or split pea and ham soup is tasty to begin with, but this recipe adds garlic and a few herbs to kick it up a bit and add layers of flavor.

I think you and your family will love it.

split pea soup recipe

A Healthy Split Pea Soup Recipe

This split pea soup recipe is so delicious! Split pea is a hearty soup and makes a great lunch or light dinner with just a piece of good bread or a salad.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 199 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups split peas, rinsed
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery , with leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash parsley
  • dash thyme
  • dash marjoram
  • dash cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot add peas with 6 cups of cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the split peas are tender.
  • Add chicken broth, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, bay leaf and all spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for another 1/2 hour or until carrots are soft.
  • Remove the bay leaf. Cool slightly. Puree in a blender for a smooth soup or leave as is.
  • This soup freezes well. Put individual servings in the freezer for quick meals on cold days.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 14gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 586mgPotassium: 698mgFiber: 14gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1378IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 3mg
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Variations:

  • Omit the chicken stock and simmer the soup with a ham bone, for a traditional split pea and ham soup.
  • While peas are simmering, in another pot, cook 1/2 cup of barley with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until most of the water has been absorbed. Drain and rinse barley with cold water. Add barley to pureed pea mixture. Heat soup and serve.
  • Potatoes make a great addition to this soup recipe. Add 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped when you add the broth.
  • Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock for a hearty and healthy vegetarian soup recipe.

Even thought this recipe isn’t super low carb, it is still very good for most diabetics. It has a lot of fiber, which helps to lower the effect of the carbs.

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1 thought on “A Healthy Split Pea Soup Recipe”

  1. These comments have been transferred from the previous version of this site:

    chicken stock

    by chris

    sounds great however im wondering how its vegan and vegitarian with chicken stock in it?

    From Karen:
    The notes below the recipe tell you to replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock to easily make this recipe vegetarian. You can buy vegetable stock in the grocery store.

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    Great Pea Soup

    by Marvie
    (Newfoundland)

    This pea soup is great.

    In general when I make pea soup I add 1 1/2 quarts of water per cup of dried peas but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. We don’t eat meat so I didn’t add any ham (peas are full of protein so from a nutritional point of view the ham is overkill.)It tasted great with homemade garlic bread. I’d give it a 4 out of 5.

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    Ham changes

    by jean
    (NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA)

    BLAND /// next time you boil a ham , save some meat
    – and especially the water( stock / broth/ whatever ) – – freezes very well !!! –
    beats using chicken stock + water !!!

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    review

    by Mark
    (Halifax, Canada)

    Delicious! I doubled the recipe, left out the celery, did not puree it, and like Jenn I only cooked the peas for an hour. I also added very generous portions of previously cooked/leftover ham which I added late in the cooking process. Wow. My girlfriend and Dad love me for this one 🙂

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    perfect pick

    by MARGARET
    (GRAND FORKS B.C.)

    HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT I WANTED FOR A PEA SOUP RECIPE, WHEN I FOUND THIS ONE, IT WAS A PERFECT PICK, WILL USE HAM THOUGH AND ADD SOME CUBED POTOES WITH MY OTHER VEGIES. THANKS GREAT WEB PAGE RATING IT 5 EVEN BEFORE I MAKE IT.

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    Jenn

    Great recipe! I found that it only took about an hour for the peas (instead of 1 1/2 hours) because it was starting to stick to the pot and a little longer cooking with the veggies (about an hour). Added ham at the end and it was fantastic.

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    Sheldon’s Version of Pea Soup

    by Shelly
    (Kamloops BC Canada)

    Must say, let the soup brew for at least 3 hours…gets better and better. I also added extra parsley and way more cut ham bitty pieces in the last hour, cut and gently diced a roma tomato, shredded some cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour creme. Shake a wee bit of dill on top! oh man….yummie!

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    Split Pea Soup Add-ons

    by DC
    (Victoria BC)

    I just finished preparing this recipe and tastes very good. I added a bit of diced ham to it and more parsley and I think this is a good finish. I will serve to my family tomorrow and see what their taste buds reply.

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    Delicious Recipe

    This is AMAZING with ham chunks and pot barley as well!

    Reply

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