Split Pea Soup- The soup that is worth eating all year round!

This is by far my favorite soup on earth.  A rainy day is just an excuse to prepare a big pot of this goodness.   This soup fills you up.  It’s extremely healthy, full of protein, and really yummy.  My kids love it as much as I do, so it’s totally a winner in my kitchen.


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1). Rinse the soaked split peas under running water until it's very clean and clear.  Set aside. 

 2). Heat up a soup pot or pressure cooker with 2 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil, place with all the chopped veggies. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and mix for 2-3 minutes. Add the soaked peas, and season with salt,  black pepper, and turmeric powder. Mix for 30 seconds or so. 

 3). Add water to the point that everything is completely covered 1 inch above the veggies, about 8 cups of water. 

 4). Close the pressure cooker, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 35 minutes.  

5). After all the pressure has been released from the pot, open carefully and taste for salt and pepper, or if more water is needed. 

 Note: If you don't have a pressure cooker cook in a deep pot over low flame and stir every 20 minutes or so until soup is very smooth.  Total time about 50-60 minutes



If you love hearty soups like this one, then you must try my other smooth split pea soup,   as well as my epic yellow split pea soup and my Morrocan-style tomato bean soup as well.

They all serve a cozy dinner both for kids and adults!



Watch how to make it here:



So what is a split pea soup?

Split pea soup, also known as pea soup, is a slow and low-cooked soup/ stew, consisting mainly of dry split peas (usually soaked in water before cooking) with water and a variation of veggies, that turns into a thick and rich soup once the peas had cooked long enough to break apart and become creamy and smooth soup. The color has different levels of green, and yellow, also depending on the spices, and method the soup was cooked.


Which ingredients do I need in order to make a split pea soup?
  • 2 cups dry split peas
  • 2 celery stalks + the leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (optional), diced
  • 1 tbsp salt (or to your taste)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric







What do I serve with a split pea soup?

If you are serving it as an appetizer: I would recommend, making the soup more on the runny side, by just adding a bit more water to the pot.

If you are serving it as a main course: I love to add a lot of hearty veggies, even potatoes, to make the soup more filling, and definitely serve it with homemade croutons or rustic sourdough bread!



What is the best way to cook split peas? 

I love using a pressure cooker for all my soups since the cooking time is being cut in more than half, and the consistency is extremely smooth and creamy!


How long does it take to cook split peas, and why are the peas still hard after cooking for a while? 

If using a regular pot, cooking split peas can take up to 90 minutes. I highly recommend soaking the peas in water for up to 8 hours before cooking.

It helps both digestions and helps to break down the peas faster while cooking.



How to fix peas that are still hard and not cooking well?

My number one recommendation is to use an immersion blender to make the soup smooth. If you have tried everything, and your peas are still hard,

consider making your soup creamy and smooth, and cut off tons of stress and time.  Or try adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the soup. That should do the trick!



More Favorite Soup Recipes?

If you love a hearty soup  for dinner then try one of these easy recipes as well:

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  1. Leah says:

    Can I substitute lentils for split peas since my husband is sensitive to split peas?
    Thanks for your wonderful site!

  2. Huguette says:

    Dear Batel,
    I love and enjoy all of your recipe’s .
    I made the lentil soup it was so delicious my family wants me to me it on a regular basis.
    Looking forward to more.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Huguette says:

    Batel’s Kitchen
    I love and enjoy all of your recipe’s .
    I made the lentil soup it was so delicious my family wants me to me it on a regular basis.
    Looking forward to more.
    Thank you so much.

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