Super Simple Split Pea Soup

It finally decided to get cold here last night. Granted, according to the weather people and the app on my iPhone, it's only going to be cold for a little while, and then its back to the mid-40s.

I'm really particular when it comes to cooking wintery foods. It has to be below 50° outside for me to make a pot roast or stew. Soup requires frost on the ground. Since it was a whopping 16° out, my feet were freezing, and the last thing I wanted to do was eat a cold salad, soup was on the menu.

Split pea soup

After five laps around Meijer looking for the dried split peas, and a fridge full of South Beach-friendly groceries, I got to cooking. Thank goodness for my stick blender, because pouring this mixture into a regular blender would've been a pain!

Split pea soup

There is, of course, bacon involved. If you're not a bacon fan, you can use sliced smoked turkey, fakin' bacon, or whatever you choose. The broth is interchangeable as well. I use chicken broth, but veggie or beef would work too. Or even water, but you'll need to up the salt and pepper.

Split pea soup

Super Simple Split Pea Soup

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Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 64 ounces chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dry split peas
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped bacon and cook until the fat is rendered, 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and onions, and sautee until the onions are translucent and the garlic is aromatic, about 5 minutes more.
  • Pour 48 ounces of broth into the pot, then add the split peas.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and simmer uncovered until the peas are soft, about 30 minutes.
  • When the peas are cooked through, puree the mixture with a stick blender. Add the remaining broth, stir and simmer a few minutes, then serve with additional crumbled bacon and croutons, if desired.
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Adam and I each enjoyed two bowls of this deliciously thick soup, and I loved that what was really featured was the flavor of the peas. It wasn't mucked up with celery or carrots, and the slightly caramelized onions added a sweetness we both loved.

Split pea soup

And of course, the smokiness of bacon was a welcome flavor.

Happy Tuesday!

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4 Responses to Super Simple Split Pea Soup

  1. Hahhah I am a super wuss… soup weather for me is in the 60s! 😉
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  2. Amy says:

    This looks SOOO good. Going to the store after work to buy split peas! thanks for the inspiration Mara. Nothin’ like a good soup on a cold night (and the next day for lunch)..

  3. HI Mara. I LOVE split pea soup….and I LOVE your bowls!!!!!
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  4. Yum! Sounds delicious! I will have to make it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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