Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe

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Janice Bartholome

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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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 8 votes

Comments:
Serves:
2-4
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
50 Min

Ingredients

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

How to Make Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe

Step-by-Step

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Strain through a fine sieve. (I use my food processor. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!)
  4. Reheat to the boiling point.
  5. 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. :)

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About Split Pea Soup--Andersen's Original Recipe

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



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