Pea Soup (a recipe)

Split pea soup, that is.

Yes, I’m sure this seems a little crazy. But I made this soup last week for the first time, from a recipe that’s been in my recipe box for years (probably 15 of them; it was in the Toronto Star EONS ago) & it’s so fast & easy & I love homemade soup, & I just thought why not share the recipe around?? (Well, it is my blog, so I get to put on it whatever I feel like, right? As I’ve also mentioned, I’m an Aries person, & we Aries characters are really just little kids, mostly, so you’ll just have to bear with my childish enthusiasms!)

Okay. Here’s the recipe:

Barb’s Split Pea Soup

Ingredients (note: I use organic ones):

  • 2 cups dried yellow split peas (about 1 lb./500g), rinsed

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled & smashed

  • 1 tbsp. curry powder (or the appropriate mix of curry-type spices)

  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

  • 6 cups chicken stock (I use vegetable stock from organic bouillon)

  • ¾ cup diced smoked or cooked ham (I don’t use this)

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In large saucepan, combine peas, onions, carrots, garlic, curry powder, pepper & stock. Bring to boil.

  2. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until peas are tender (40 – 50 minutes).

  3. Puree in batches in food processor (or blender, presumably) until smooth. If you prefer some texture, process only half.

  4. Return to pan, stir in ham (if using; I don’t) &, if mixture is too thick, thin to desired consistency with hot water.

  5. Taste; add salt & pepper & reheat if necessary.

  6. Eat. Enjoy!!

Yield: 8 cups or 4 – 6 servings

Note: When reheating, thin to desired consistency with stock or water. It does become very gloppy, so go crazy with the added water!!


p.s. thanks for the recipe, Barb & the Toronto Star!!

p.p.s. lentil vegetable soup recipe here. Awesome recipe, no kidding!! Now my very very favourite soup… (mind you this leek & potato one is also pretty fine!!)

‘Quote of the day’: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien