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Rich and Thick Split Pea Soup

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
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, saute the onion, celery and carrots in oil until tender. Add thyme; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 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.
  • Cool slightly. In a blender, process half of the soup until smooth. Return all to the slow cooker. Add bacon and pepper; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 363 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 21g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • chocolatecookies
    Jan 22, 2021

    This is very good soup. I made half a recipe on the stove top. I used half oregano and half thyme and added about 1 cup of fresh sliced mushrooms and about 1 cup of cubed potato. The soup took about 40 minutes to cook in a large saucepan. Will definitely make this again.

  • Amy
    Oct 27, 2020

    this was delicious reminded me of my grandmother's. I added amish ham hocks which are basically little 2 pound meat filled ham bones to give it a smoky taste. for those saying not enough flavor or vegan try adding liquid smoke flavoring

  • icunrse
    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
    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
    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.

  • dlnixon
    Apr 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • jessie1
    Nov 9, 2012

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

  • carolhm25
    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
    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
    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.