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How to Cook Green Split Pea Soup

Although we’re certainly looking at some warmer, Spring-time weather, it’s quite gloomy and cool today.

It’s the perfect time to make a great soup, in my personal opinion, and a bag of green split peas is what sparked me today to create one of my traditional favorites, Green Split Pea Soup.

Experiment with different meats and liquids (water, teas, broths) you’d like to add, if you so choose.

You’ll enjoy this classic, and feel free to spice it up as you wish. This recipe is more true to “classic form” in our family.

Type: Soup Recipe
Serve With: fresh, crusty French or Italian bread, topped with a dollop of sour cream or Balkan-style plain yogurt
Prep Time: 12 mins
Cook Time:
Yield: Approximately 6-8 servings

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy the video below.


  • 1 package dried green split peas – approximately 900g
  • 3 large sausage links – diced…
  • OR 4 slices bacon – sliced
  • stock/water/tea
  • 1 cup white wine – * optional
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 large onions – diced; Check out my tutorial video on How to Dice an Onion Properly
  • 4 whole cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 large carrot – grated or finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley – minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper – or to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • freshly cracked black pepper – to taste
  • sea salt – to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. In a large preheated soup pot on medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil, and brown sausage and bacon until brown and crispy. Remove from pot and reserve until later, leaving rendered oil/fat from meats in pot.
  2. Add onions and carrots to soften on medium heat with some freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt, a tiny bit just to start the flavors.
  3. Add garlic and bay leaf and continue for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add cayenne pepper, and rinsed, and/or soaked green split peas (or already cooked split peas – * Tip: Check out my post on >How to Cook Beans in Your Rice Cooker) to the pot and cover with water, tea or stock and bring it up to a simmer, stirring frequently, until split peas are completely softened and cooked through. * Tip: Taste test them by skimming a few out of the pot. * Tip: If liquid gets low in the pot, just add more to cover the peas, etc. * Tip: As peas or beans cook, they sometimes cause a brown foamy film to form on the top of the soup. When this happens, take a ladle or large spoon and skim off the brown
  5. Once split peas are softened, add white wine and simmer for an additional 5 mins. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  6. Take a hand blender and zip the soup up until you achieve your desired consistency whether that be completely smooth and velvety or rustic with some chunks.
  7. Add reserved meats, cream/milk, and fresh parsley into pot and stir.
  8. Be sure to taste test before serving and adjust seasonings to taste.

Try serving this with a fresh, crusty loaf of French or Italian bread, and topped with a dollop of sour cream or Balkan-style plain yogurt. Yum!


I hope you enjoy this How to Cook Video on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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