You'll love this Best Split Pea Soup recipe if you think making a homemade pea soup recipe from scratch takes too much effort.
It's a terrific dinner recipe to cook during those busy weeknights. That's because it's much simpler to put together than you think!
A batch of this split pea soup takes about 60 minutes. Most of that is simmer time, when you can be doing other things like cleaning up or helping the kids with homework.
Plus, the taste of this green pea soup is so worth it. It's amazing!
Especially when you compare it 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. I now make it at least once a month when it's cold out. It's become a family favorite.
First, I used homemade stock (and no additional water) and didn’t use bouillon cubes and water.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can use a vegetable stock. Otherwise, store bought chicken stock will work.
If you’re gluten free, check the label to make sure the stock you buy is gluten free.
I also sautéed and caramelized the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor for the Best Split Pea Soup recipe!
If you have ham on hand, you can turn this into a ham and pea soup recipe. It’s a great way to use up leftover spiral cut ham during the Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.
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!
1. After roasting a turkey, chicken, ham, or a pig (which we occasionally do at our backyard barbecues), take the carcass or bones and place them in your slow cooker. Cover with water.
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.
5. Remove large pieces of bones and vegetables from the slow cooker and strain the liquid into food storage containers. Label with date and type of stock (turkey, chicken, etc.).
6. If you want, you can pour stock into a couple of ice cube trays. Freeze and store cubes in freezer bags to use when you just need a little stock in your cooking.
Looking for more soups for a busy weeknight?
Looking for hardy soups for busy weeknights. You’ll love this Kale Soup Recipe.
Or try this 30-minute Pozole Recipe when you don’t have much time.
You’ll also enjoy this Easy Tomato & Okra Soup.
- 1 pound split peas
- 6 cups chicken 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.
Originally posted on February 9, 2015 and January 30, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.