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Creamy Split Pea Soup

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"A friend gave me this recipe 25 years ago. At the time, she was in her 60s and working as a cook on a riverboat barge."
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Ingredients

1 h 10 m servings
Original recipe yields 12 servings

Directions

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  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; drain, reserving drippings. Add onion and celery to drippings. Saute until vegetables are tender; drain. Add the peas, water, potatoes, ham, salt, bay leaf and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until peas are very tender, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.
  2. Cool slightly. Process in small batches in a blender until smooth. Return to Dutch oven; stir in cream. Heat through (do not boil). Garnish with reserved bacon.

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Most helpful positive review

This one is a winner! The only change I made was adding a couple ham hocks. I use a stick blender to blend it up, keeps the ham pieces whole but the soup smooth. I made it the day before, and...

Most helpful critical review

This was tasty but not for people who don't like heavy food. The bacon and the cream was too much and made the soup sit in the stomach too long. Nice experiment but I'm going back to split pea ...

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This one is a winner! The only change I made was adding a couple ham hocks. I use a stick blender to blend it up, keeps the ham pieces whole but the soup smooth. I made it the day before, and...

Delicious. We especially like the flavour of whipping cream over that of milk. Mashed the peas/potatoes in the pot, but the peas which didn't mash were 'gritty,' so next time I'll use the blen...

I have searched for a Split Pea Soup recipe that is reminiscent of that served at the Eagle Diner in Bristol, PA. I think this is it! My family really enjoyed the creaminess of this soup. I s...

This soup was delicious. I did make one modification however. I only put 1/2 of the batch into the blender because I wanted to have some chunks of ham and potatoe in it. I think it was perfect t...

I used to say I don't like split pea soup, but I'm converted now! It's my boyfriend's favorite soup which is why I made it, and he absolutely LOVED this recipe. I used only 3 strips of good thic...

This recipe is a 5+ star recipe. My brother got the recipe here from allrecipes.com and gave it to me. I love this soup, highly addictive. I made changes to the recipe, but only for personal p...

Congratulations!! I looked at this and thought mmmm, sounds ok but maybe not. Well - I repent. Thanks, this has now taken over as my #1 favourite. I pretty much think celery sucks so I substi...

Perfect. Wouldn't change a thing, other than I added a cup of diced, steamed carrots with the cream.

The best that I have ever made, which was the very first time. Very easy and full of flavour. My husband loved it so much, the left over batch that I placed in the freezer, was gone in the mor...