Split Pea Soup

by Cookie

Last Updated on September 13, 2019 by Cookie

This creamy and hearty split pea soup is an ideal appetizer or a main course for your family-lunch or dinners. It is a healthy, light, colorful, and with plenty of benefits soup.

Sometimes a simple and easy soup can make your day. Soups are a very important meal of the day. I always try to convince my daughter to eat any kind of soups, especially my delicious, bright and hearty split pea soup. 

My decadent split pea soup has a lot of health benefits as you eat many veggies. It can be prepared vegetarian or with a good, smoky bacon slice for a more intense aroma. 

Split Pea Soup has a gorgeous light green color that simply invites you to taste and eat it. For me, colors are very important when I cook a dish. I consider that no matter what dish you make, it should be attractive and definitely delicious. Split pea soup with a good quality fried bacon work perfectly in unison. What is great about this soup is that it can be frozen for some days and it will have the same hearty, intense, tasty aroma – just warmed a little before serving. 

I always try to delight my family with different experiences. For me, this split pea soup is okay only with veggies, but my husband adores fried bacon with some grated parmesan on top. This easy in 20 minutes split pea soup recipe is a perfect nourish for your digestion with a lot of flavors and truly healthy. Throw some bay leaves, or other spices you like, ham, creamy cheese and you will have a flavorful, tasty main-course worth soup for lunch, or dinner. Our family eats soups only at lunch, but this soup can be served in the evening, either – but I consider that it is too hearty and satisfying to eat for dinner. It is up to you to decide when you want it better.

How to make split pea soup?

This split pea soup recipe is super easy to prepare, and it makes a great appetizer, as a main course, or as a side dish. When you have some veggies, frozen peas, and leftover ham or bacon, throw all of them in a bowl, cook for 20 minutes and your dish is done. This is the advantage to many cream soups that they can be prepared so quickly and tastes so delicious. You can make this soup a day before you have an event, as this will easier your day and you will have more time to prepare other dishes. 

For the best split pea soup, I use frozen peas, as they are cheaper and taste just as good as fresh ones, onion, celery ribs, and 2 medium potatoes. When the soup is ready I add good quality fried bacon with some grated parmesan on top. It is a highly nutritious soup and since it is so tasty and yummy, it can be a great trick to introduce vegetables to your kids. This trick has saved me many times, as my daughter is so spoiled at eating. 

You definitely have to try this incredibly easy and tasty dish, and once you will make it you will definitely prepare it more often in your family.

Method:

  1. Chop 1 medium onion.
  2. In the heated pan sauté butter and spices, and add the chopped onion.
  3. While the onion is simmering, chop 3 celery ribs and 2 medium potatoes.
  4. When the onion is smooth add chopped celery ribs and potatoes with a glass of water or broth and let them simmer until the potato is tender.
  5. Add 2 cups of frozen peas to the shimmering veggies.
  6. Cook all the veggies 10 more minutes. 
  7. Heat another skillet and fry 3-4 slices of good bacon.
  8. When the split pea soup is ready, cool down for some minutes and blend all the ingredients until it purees totally.
  9. Add 3.5 oz of heavy cream and mash the ingredients together in the bowl until the mixture has the consistency of a thick paste. Add salt and pepper to taste, and spices at your taste.  
  10. In case you think your soup is too thick, add more broth (half a cup) and blend some more minutes until it gets the consistency you want.
  11. Garnish with grated parmesan, bacon or ham over the soup.

What is a split pea soup? It is a tasty soup made of frozen or fresh peas, boiled in a broth or water with veggies seasoned with spices. When the ingredients are simmered, it is mashed to perfection to obtain a creamy, smooth, and thick dish. I definitely recommend it be served warm with some croutons, instead of bread, due to it being hearty. For me, it is one of the best comfort foods I cook for fall or winter. 

What to serve with split pea soup?

  • Good fried bacon or ham
  • Croutons
  • Grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
  • Greenies
  • Grilled Shrimps

How to thicken split pea soup?

Split pea soup has a thick consistency due to the cream added to all blended veggies. To make a thicker paste you will have to add more heavy cream and blend about 5-7 minutes until it turns to the consistency and taste you like.

In case you think that your peas soup is too thick, add some broth or water and blend until it is smooth. This split pea soup is a hearty dish served warm or hot, made by combining all veggies with heavy cream and garnished with some good bacon.  

Best Tips On How To Freeze It:

  • Before freezing this soup it is important to cool down completely. This is for food safety.
  • One more important key is to avoid freezing the soup with dairy in it. When you blend all veggies, cool down at this stage and freeze for some days. Before serving, warm soup and add the heavy cream.

Split Pea Soup Tips:

  • If you want a vegetarian split pea soup you can go for the coconut milk or sour cream, instead of heavy cream that is more caloric and hearty.
  • You can use frozen or fresh peas for this recipe. 
  • Also, you can firstly sauté all veggies and then puree in blender adding the broth. I usually shimmer all veggies with the broth or water at a time, but you can go your way.
  • Feel free to add celery root instead of celery ribs – this won’t alter the taste. 
  • Many still use grilled shrimps at this peas soup recipe. I like it more with good quality fried bacon. 

Brighten up your day with this easy and comfort split pea soup.

Split Pea Soup

Cookie
This creamy and hearty split pea soup is an ideal appetizer or a main course for your family-lunch or dinners. It is a healthy, light, colorful, and with plenty of benefits soup.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 486 kcal

Equipment

  • soup pot
  • hand blender
  • rubber spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium celery ribs
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup broth

Spices

  • 2 bay leaves
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Garnish

  • 4 slices bacon
  • some grated parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Chop 1 medium onion
  • In the heated pan sauté butter and spices, and add the chopped onion
  • While the onion is simmering, chop 3 celery ribs and 2 medium potatoes
  • When the onion is smooth add chopped celery ribs and potatoes with a glass of water or broth and let them simmer until the potato is tender
  • Add 2 cups of frozen peas to the shimmering veggies
  • Cook all the veggies for 10 more minutes
  • Heat another skillet and fry 3-4 slices of good quality bacon
  • When the split pea soup is ready, cool down for some minutes and blend all the ingredients until it purees totally
  • Add 3.5 oz of heavy cream and mash the ingredients together in the bowl until the mixture has the consistency of a thick paste. Add salt and pepper to taste, and spices at your taste
  • In case you think your soup is too thick, add more broth (half a cup) and blend some more minutes until it gets the consistency you want
  • Garnish with grated parmesan, bacon or ham over the soup

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 10gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 461mgPotassium: 734mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1834IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 5mg
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1 comment

Anginie September 14, 2019 - 10:58 am

It seems so easy and tasty, I will try it for sure. I like cream soups, they are my weakness.
Great post.

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