Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe

Jan Bartholome 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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Dena Holland Denacooks
Jun 5, 2015
Thank you for this wonderful well known recipe! Believe it or not we're Canadian and I have two packages of their soup mix in my cupboard and my husband introduced me to this and then we went there to their restaurant! My first time his second! Yum. . Thanks now i have pinched it for my recipe stash on here! Awesome!
Leanne D. kitchenkaterer
May 23, 2015
This is how I make split pea soup with a few changes,I don't add celery but I add a potato. I like to use vegetable broth and I like tit to be smooth,I use an immersion blender to smooth it out.
I 've visited the Anderson Restaurant many times and the soup is outrageous !
Sometimes I make green and yellow split pea soup(separately) and serve it in the same bowl,makes a nice presentation.
May 23, 2015 - Leanne D. shared this recipe with discussion group: THE KITCHEN KATERERS.
ursula shaw UrsulaShaw
Apr 30, 2015
I bought my Andersen's Pea soup package at least 30 to 35 years ago and still have the original package instructions. No garlic is listed but I will try to add some next time I make this excellent soup.
Mar 16, 2015 - Zelda Hopkins shared this recipe with discussion group: Help a Family, Friend, Neighbors, and Strangers in Need.