Simple Split Pea Soup



  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 2.5 cups dried split peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth (we used homemade)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Any herbs or spices you like
  1. Cook bacon in the bottom of a big pot.
  2. Remove bacon but leave in drippings.
  3. Add garlic and carrot (and dare I say onions if you like them) and cook in bacon juice for a few minutes.
  4. Add peas and broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour.
  5. At this point you might be low on liquid (keep your eye on it for the last 15 minutes in case you do run out of liquid). I added another cup of water here, but you could leave it even thicker as more of a lentil pilaf dish.
  6. Puree as little or as much as you like with a stick blender until you reach your consistency.
  7. Pour into bowls and garnish with salt, pepper, bacon and optional plain yogurt/sour cream.

Makes about 4 cups. Based on the fact that “cooked dried split peas” are about 230 calories per cup in CalorieKing’s database, and based on the fact that this is  less dense than plain split peas because it has been diluted with chicken broth and water, and since it has minimal fat from only the bacon, I’d say this is about 200 calories per cup. Maybe even a little less. With lots of fiber too!!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Judy Carter November 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Thank you for posting this easy to make recipe. I recently had to switch to Gluten – Free due to a gluten intolerance. I have been finding it hard to get good recipes that don’t have flour or the like in them.


2 Julie January 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

I bought a bag of split peas at the farmers market yesterday and I am looking to make a yummy soup with them. With the recipe above do you have to soak the peas overnight? What’s the deal with the soaking? some peeps say to do it, some don’t…


3 Kath January 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

No, I don’t soak them


4 mommycaptainhook February 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This looks fantastic… and so does the bowl! Can you tell me where you got it?


5 KathEats February 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

It’s actually from a boutique in Charlotte, NC


6 martha October 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

i need a recipe like this for a slowcooker…crockpot, please send greatly apprecitated!


7 Rochelle October 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Kath, I just wanted to share that I have been enjoying this version of Split Pea Soup for the past two years!! I LOVE that it’s not overly greasy and is so FULL of flavor. Greek yogurt and bacon sprinkles are icing on the cake! :)


8 Emma March 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

Think it would be ok without bacon?


9 KathEats March 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Yes, definitely


10 Carol Menaker January 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I’ve made this soup many times but the amount of peas and stock can’t be right. I usually add at least six cups of stock. Otherwise the soup is way to thick. Anyway, just thought I’d share that in case there is actually an error in the recipe.


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