Yellow Split Pea Soup

Wanting something cheap, warming and hearty, I decided to make soup the other day.  This recipe is super simple with stellar results.

yellow split pea soup

Yellow Split Pea Soup


  • 1 lb yellow split peas, picked over, rinsed and soaked for about 15 minutes
  • 6-8 cups stock (freezer scrap stock,  yeah!) or water (less flavorful, but works ok)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, diced
  • olive oil

To Do:

  1. Strain the soaked beans and place in a big pot.  Add 6 cups of the stock or water, cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook the onion in a bit of olive oil in a pan until it browns a bit.  Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover to let onions caramelize.  Turn heat off and put caramelized onions aside.
  3. Once the beans and water are boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Peek on it from time to time (every 15 minutes for about 45 minutes).  If it looks like it needs more liquid, add some.
  4. Once the beans are cooked through, add the onions, salt and pepper to taste.  In small batches, puree the soup in a blender or use a stick blender until you get the consistency you want.  I wanted a smooth soup, so used the stick blender for a few minutes.  Return the soup to the stove and let simmer a bit.  If you want a thick soup, keep the pot uncovered.  If you prefer a thinner soup, add more stock and keep the lid on.
  5. Serve with a delicious sandwich (see below) or salad on the side.

cheese sandwich


7 Comments on “Yellow Split Pea Soup”

  1. Looks so good. Nice and colorful!

  2. Gabriel says:

    What is on that sandwich?

  3. Jess says:

    Add a tablespoon or two of sweet (yellow) curry powder to your soup and a pinch of cayenne. It’s out of this world…one of my favorite soups. Served with cornbread…yum!

  4. I wish that sandwich would jump off the computer and onto my plate! it looks SO GOOD, yum!

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