Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe
By Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim
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.
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
RoseAnn Wilson cruiser - Nov 19, 2011
I love this soup. My son lives in Lom Poc, not far from Buellton. What a beautiful area.
Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim - Nov 19, 2011
There's nothing quite like it, RoseAnn. The first time my husband and I ate there--about thirty years ago--we almost made ourselves sick on their all-the soup-you-can-eat "Traveler's Special." And THEN they brought us the hamburgers. We never again ordered anything but soup and bread there! LOL!
And this recipe tastes JUST like their restaurant soup. Just don't mess with it...don't even leave out that pinch of cayenne pepper.
Carol M mednana - Nov 24, 2011
I love this soup and have been to the Buellton resturant a few times. They used to have a seasoning, something on the order of a season salt, that was delicious when sprinkled on top of the soup. Does anyone know if they still make it and how can I get my hands on some more? I don't drive so it is difficult for me to go there anymore :*(
Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim - Nov 24, 2011
I know the seasonings you mean, Carol. They always had two kinds on the table, and they sold both of them. One was a Greek seasoning, and the other was just kind of an all-purpose one with their brand-name on it. The last time I was there, which was a few years ago, they still sold them. You might try checking online.
I just checked and they have a Website, -- www.peasoupandersens.net/
but they don't seem to sell their products online. There is a phone number, so try calling them. They'll probably know exactly what you're talking about.