Simple Split Pea Soup

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1 teaspoon dry garlic)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups dry split peas

First heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic in the fat until they are tender and fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Next add the water, salt and split peas. Stir it up and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pot with a lid or handy pizza pan. Allow it to simmer on the back of the stove for about two hours. The split peas will disintegrate, forming a nice thick stew. You may need to thin the soup out with a little water if it gets too thick. Serve the soup hot with a nice crusty bread or whole wheat muffins. If you like you may add a couple of chopped carrots and a few chopped celery stalks for flavor during the last hour of cooking. This soup is very hearty, and is made without stock or milk. Serves about 6, the recipe is easily doubled for company.

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  1. S. McAnally says

    I make this recipe all the time. You can dress it up or just stay with the basic ingredients. This recipe is outstanding with leftover ham and chicken stock.

  2. Wendy Blackheart says

    Holy Crap. I had some leftover ham, and was wondering what to do with it. I decided on Split Pea Soup, which I’ve never made before. I googled around a bit, and everything seemed so complicated. This was so quick and simple for me! (In fact, I had pulled up the page on my droid, and had the whole thing on one little screen that I could look over at. Plus music.)

    Plus, it came out *super* tasty. I got bread to go with it, and my fiancee and our friend luuurved it. Will def. make again! Thank you!

    • The Hillbilly Housewife says

      I am so glad when one of our ‘Simple’ recipes really turns out to be simple… and delicious. Thanks for commenting and letting us know about your success, Wendy.

  3. Judi says

    I love split pea soup. I sometimes add the carrots amd/or celery. I’ve also added diced sweet potatoes, and parsnips. You can add all kinds of vegetables. This is very good for your heart and weight, if you do not add any animal products(meat or milk). You can use yellow split peas or lentils as well. It is so good on a cold day.

  4. Margaret says

    I soak yellow split peas overnight in a large stainless steel pot. They cook faster but watch them closely as they foam up. [ sometimes all over the top of the stove ] I add ham , cut up potatoes,turnip, carrots & onions after the peas have cooked awhile . This freezes well too. Then some night if you know you won’t be back in time to cook a meal, plan ahead & thaw a container of pea soup.

  5. Alice says

    We just finished our backyard barbecue pit with a swing out grill and a removalable hook for my cast iron dutch pot. Did a roast and veggies 1 night. Split pea soup coming up after I buy the peas and a small ham. I also used my cast iron frying pan to make smores (next time I won’t butter the pan, they got scorched.
    We cook outside on the pit and barbecue until it reaches -10 or so.

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