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Simple Split Pea Soup

Servings 4 Cups
Author Kath Younger


  • 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


  • Cook bacon in the bottom of a big pot.
  • Remove bacon but leave in drippings.
  • Add garlic and carrot (and dare I say onions if you like them) and cook in bacon juice for a few minutes.
  • Add peas and broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour.
  • 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.
  • Puree as little or as much as you like with a stick blender until you reach your consistency.
  • Pour into bowls and garnish with salt, pepper, bacon and optional plain yogurt/sour cream.