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split pea soup

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sheila Devor
Towanda, KS

Grandma Joy's recipe for goodness. Absolutely delicious!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

So, split pea soup isn't the prettiest but this recipe definitely tastes delicious. It's a thick and creamy split pea soup with a slightly smoky flavor from the smoked sausage. The sausage really adds a lot of interest to a normally mild-flavored soup. Not only easy to make, but this is also an economical meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For split pea soup

  • 1 pkg
    dried green or yellow split peas (16 oz)
  • 4 oz
    smoked sausage links, sliced and quartered
  • 5 c
  • 1 can
    chicken broth (14 oz)
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 2 md
    carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper

How To Make split pea soup

Test Kitchen Tips
Our soup was very thick. If you prefer it a little thinner, definitely follow Sheila's advice of adding extra water.
  • Rinsing peas.
    Rinse peas thoroughly in colander under cold water, discarding any debris or blemished peas.
  • Peas, sausage, water, broth, onion, carrots, basil, oregano, and pepper in a pot.
    Combine peas, sausage, water, broth, onion, carrots, basil, oregano, and pepper in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Letting the soup simmer.
    Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, 1 hour 15 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir frequently near the end of cooking to keep the soup from scorching. Cool slightly.
  • Sausage on a plate.
    Transfer sausage to a plate.
  • Pureeing some of the soup.
    Place 3 cups soup into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  • Stirring pureed soup and sausage into the pot.
    Return pureed soup and sausage to Dutch oven. If soup is too thick, add water until desired consistency is reached and heat through.
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    TIP: Split peas are very economical and easy to prepare because they do not require soaking. Salt the peas if desired, AFTER they are cooked. Salt in the cooking liquid slows down the cooking and toughens the peas.