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Split Pea Soup

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soup, Split Pea
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 lb bacon ends cut into 1/2-inch cubes, or a meaty ham bone or ham hock, rinsed if crusted with salt
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 lb onions finely chopped, 2 large
  • 1 lb split peas green or yellow peas can be used
  • 2 qt water you can use either chicken or vegetable stock form more flavor
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Saute bacon ends over medium heat in a 6-8 quart heavy pot until starting to brown.
  • Add onions and saute until translucent then add carrots and saute until they start to carmelize..
  • Rinse peas and add to pot with water, salt pork, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, skimming froth, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until peas falling apart and soup is thickened, 2-3 hours
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot with crusty bread.