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split pea soup topped with bacon

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup is the perfect comfort food! It is delicious, satisfying, and so easy to make. If you ever thought it was a complicated dish, this pea soup recipe will change your mind. It is a simple and foolproof recipe!
Course Main or side dish
Cuisine American
Keyword soup recipe, split pea soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 440kcal


  • 1 pound split peas
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 5 slices smoked bacon diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley to garnish optional


  • In a large pot cook the bacon over medium heat until brown and slightly crispy. Remove the bacon and discard any excessive fat from the pot.
  • Heat the olive oil in the same pot and cook the onion in it for 1-2 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic, carrots and celery and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add to the pot the chicken stock, the split peas and the bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 1.5 hours, or until the peas are soft and the soup starts becoming creamy.
  • You will probably need to add more water during the cooking as it will quickly evaporate and the soup will become too thick.
  • When the split pea soup is ready, remove the bay leaves.
  • Garnish the soup with fresh parsley and the cooked bacon.



1. Add the leftover bacon to the soup. It will be very nice when reheated.
2. For a vegetarian version skip the bacon and use vegetable stock instead of chicken. Garnish the soup with toasted nuts (almonds or peanuts) and crushed dried red peppers.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 1167mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3510IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4.1mg