Jan Bartholome Recipe

Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe

By Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim

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Anyone who has ever eaten split pea soup at Pea Soup Andersen's Restaurant in Buellton, California, knows it is a unique soup. But the recipe is no secret. It's offered to anyone who buys a bag of split peas in their food shop.

This is the recipe off the bag. I've made it many times, and it's always a hit. And, by the way, the stuff by the same name that they sell in cans can't compare in taste to this homemade recipe.


2 qt
soft water (i have always just used whatever came out of my tap)
2 c
split peas (a 14-16 oz. bag)
branch of celery, chopped
large carrot, chopped
1 small
onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/4 tsp
thyme, ground
1 pinch
cayenne pepper
bay leaf
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

I usually use a 28-ounce package of peas and double the rest of the ingredients. A single recipe isn't quite enough for a family of two adults and two children, or to have enough for a second meal for two adults.
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and boil hard for 20 minutes, then slowly until peas are tender. (The 50-minute cooking time is approximate. After the 20 minutes of "hard boil," I reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the peas mash easily.)
Strain through a fine sieve. (I use my food processor. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!)
Reheat to the boiling point.
I ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle it with a bit of paprika or Parmesan and a few croutons.

I never add ham or anything to this recipe because I love Andersen's flavor. I sometimes make a different split pea soup with ham that I don't puree--I leave it kind of chunky with the peas adding texture. It just depends upon what I'm in the mood for. :)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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janet perry janetpaerry
May 12, 2014
Has anyone try this in a crockpot?
Karen Rista karkar22
Jan 6, 2014
This is a great recipe! The one thing I really like it's you give measurements for all the ingredients. Much better than 'just a dash' our 'to taste' instructions. I like something to start with and then adjust to my taste. Thanks for that
Diane Landry dcsjland
Dec 14, 2013
Souper easy and has ingredients that are typically found on hand.
Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim
Jan 14, 2013
@Ann Young: Sorry, I almost missed your comment. I notice your "hometown" is in Maryland. Do you live in So Cal now or have you moved East? If eating at Split Pea Andersen's was part of YOUR childhood, too, like Anne French, try making a pot of this soup. It will take you down Memory Lane!