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Rich and Thick Split Pea Soup Recipe

Rich and Thick Split Pea Soup Recipe

We started a 39-day Soup Challenge to eat healthier after the holidays, figuring if "Survivor" contestants could last 39 days on little food, surely we could survive on soup! This split pea soup was a family favorite. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped fresh carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute the onion, celery and carrots in oil until tender. Add thyme; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the peas, broth and water. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until peas are tender.
  • 3. Cool slightly. In a blender, process half of the soup until smooth. Return all to the slow cooker. Add bacon and pepper; heat through. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 363 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 21g fiber), 24g protein.

Reviews for Rich and Thick Split Pea Soup

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icunrse User ID: 6357713 239846
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"Made this tonight as directed. I could have used a little less thyme and added some salt. I do like the texture, but I'm missing the hammy taste from making it with ham bones. Not bad for a non-ham bone split pea soup."

Katgen User ID: 1799727 215962
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"the best I've had. making in the crock pot keeps texture to the peas, they don't turn to mush like when you cook on stove"

grimfix User ID: 7799236 125544
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I use homemade smoked turkey stock in mine, no broth or Canadian bacon. I use chopped carrots and onions, not sauteéd, minimal sea salt and black pepper. Rinse and sort split peas, add to slow cooker. Done in 6 to 8 hours and I found that I didn't need to blend. I created this recipe, never having had split pea soup, much less make it. I took it to church and came back with none. Lots of recipe requests. Husband and dog went gaga for it. It does need thinning if it sits a long time or you have leftovers, I just use water. I have made this vegan too by subbing water for stock, still rave reviews."

jessie1 User ID: 1964826 196679
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Just didn't care for this recipe at all, and I love pea soup."

carolhm25 User ID: 2116228 120849
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"I made this for friends and they raved about it. One way to kick up the flavor a notch is to add a small pinch of cumin- nice!"

FitnessLovingMom User ID: 6137477 212931
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"This soup was VERY bland, I didn't like the flavor or the texture. It makes 6 servings. I served 4 servings (1 per person. ) My kids didn't like it and I ate it but didn't like it. I threw the left overs away. I won't make this again! I felt like I was eating food at a nursing home.....texture was terrible!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 120848
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"this was good - but needed more flavor. this was 1st time making split pea soup - will search for a better recipe next time."

rosalinda_G User ID: 6335306 120842
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I also tried with small pieces of Smoked Turkey and it's delicious!"

interpretermom User ID: 3118724 193464
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I thought it was just okay. It needed more flavor I think. The Canadian bacon was a nice addition but adding it at the end didn't allow the soup to absorb the flavor of it."

ktames User ID: 1421943 125543
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I have never been a fan of Split pea soup but decided to try it as tastes change over the years and I wanted to try and make one from scratch. This recipe has a great flavor and I will make it again as is and with my own variation of flavoring."

kanbrooks User ID: 4853877 137379
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"This soup has a great flavor, the peas give it a natural sweetness. I was in a hurry so I cooked my soup on the stove top. I substituted oregano for the thyme and I added one diced white potato. It was delicious, but the next day I added an entire can of vegetable broth to thin it down, but it was still delicious!"

karsmitty2 User ID: 2642616 119461
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"I used some leftover ham I had in the freezer from Easter and chopped it up & put it in the slow cooker in place of the bacon. The split peas were a little al dente, but that was fine with my husband and me. I cooked this soup on low in my slow cooker for about 7 1/2 hours. If you don't like your peas a little al dente, you could probably cook it longer. It was a very good soup and I particularly liked that I could make it in my slow cooker."

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