Think making a homemade pea soup recipe takes too much effort? Especially during a weeknight when you’re too busy to cook? It’s much simpler than you think!
A batch of this Best Split Pea Soup recipe for a busy weeknight takes about 60 minutes. Most of that is simmer time, when you can be doing other things like cleaning up and setting the table with cute handled soup bowls.
Plus, the taste of this green pea soup is so worth it, especially compared to canned soup, which can be full of sodium and other ingredients you may not want.
Making the best split pea soup recipe ever!
This split pea soup recipe came from a food blogger recipe challenge when I was assigned Grandma Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup. She based her easy recipe for split pea soup on one she found in Women’s Day magazine.
I changed up a few of the split pea soup ingredients used by Grandma Loy. First, I used homemade stock (and no additional water) and didn’t use bouillon cubes and water.
I also sautéed and caramelized the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor for the best Split Pea Soup recipe!
Using a hand immersion blender is the easiest way to puree the green pea soup since you don’t have to transfer the soup to the blender and then back into the pot. If you don’t have an immersion blender, treat yourself to one!
You may want to make a double batch of the Best Split Pea Soup. Freeze in food storage containers to heat up on a busy weeknight.
How to make slow cooker stock
Grandma Loy used bullion cubes for her split pea soup recipe as a thrifty shortcut. I used homemade stock made in my slow cooker, which I find is even thriftier!
2. Add some herbs to the water – thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, etc. Dried or fresh will work.
3. Add some crushed garlic cloves. Cut up an onion, a couple of carrots, parsnips, and some stocks of celery (whatever you have on hand), and add them all to the slow cooker.
4. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
Looking for more soups for a busy weeknight? Try this Kale Soup Recipe, this 30-minute Pozole Recipe, or Easy Tomato & Okra Soup.
Split Pea Soup
- 1 pound split peas
- 6 cups stock (you can use chicken, ham or vegetable stock)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Pour peas on to a plate to check that there are no rocks or other foreign objects in with the peas.
- Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium high heat. Add onions, minced garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Stirring frequently, sauté until onions soften, start to brown and caramelize.
- Add stock and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or until peas are soft. Stir occasionally.
- You can puree the soup in a blender, a food processor, or with a wand blender if you wish.
- Serve with gluten free bread and a nice side salad.
- Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
Originally posted on February 9, 2015 and January 30, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.