Alice Jarrell of Dexter, Missouri waited a long time to get this favorite recipe—but it was well worth it. "I had eaten this soup countless times at a small restaurant in our town," she tells. "When the owner finally retired, he said I deserved the secret recipe and passed it along. Now, my family enjoys it at least once a month!"—Alice Jarrell, Dexter, Missouri
"My mother sent me some of this pretty dry blend along with the recipe," says Susan Ruckert of Tangent, Oregon. "This hearty soup is thick with lentils, barley and peas, and chicken is a nice change from the usual ham."
"Even people who don't care for black-eyed peas will enjoy this hearty meatless soup," promises Donna Ambrose, Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania. "With a crusty loaf of bread, it's a heartwarming meal for those cold winter days."
The addition of tender meatballs add a flavorful twist to ordinary split pea soup. Whenever I prepare this for our church soup suppers, I come home with an empty kettle! —Donna Smith, Grey Cliff, Montana
“I adapted this recipe from several I found online,” says Corrie Gamache of Palmyra, Virginia. “When I was a vegetarian for health reasons, it was a favorite. Even my meat loving husband asked for seconds!”
I love hearty, healthy entree soups, and a bowl of this Southwestern sweet potato-chickpea soup really satisfies. I add a can of chickpeas for protein, making a big bowlful ideal for an easy dinner. This soup reheats and even freezes beautifully, so I often make a double batch! —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas
To me, this spicy pea soup is total comfort food. I cook it low and slow all day, and it fills the house with a yummy aroma. It's so good with a nice, crispy baguette. —Chelsea Tichenor, Huntington Beach, California