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Split Pea Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Cook Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Very simple to put together, this nourishing soup is a favorite for weekend lunches. It freezes very well.


  • 2 cups split peas, uncooked
  • 5 cups water, or more if needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or more if needed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Rinse and drain split peas.
  • Combine dried split peas, water, bay leaf, and salt in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent the split peas from sticking, and to make sure that there is enough water. Add water if the soup looks like it is becoming too dry.
  • Add carrots, celery, onions and seasonings.
  • Continue to simmer for 30 minutes or longer. Add more water if a thinner soup is desired. Overcooking cannot hurt this soup as long as it is stirred to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 194
  Calories from Fat 6 (3%)
(1%)Total Fat 1g
(1%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(14%)Sodium 336mg
(19%)Potassium 660mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
(57%)Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(26%)Protein 13g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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