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split pea soup topped with bacon
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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
Author Daniela Lambova

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

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.

Nutrition

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