Here's a rich and hearty split pea soup with a twist. Since the peas do not need to be pre-soaked, it can be put together quickly and easily. For a little added smokiness and spice, dice up a couple chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and add them with the other herbs and spices.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the onion in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in the garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Pour in the beef broth; add split peas, carrot, potatoes, soy sauce, basil, black pepper, parsley, red pepper flakes, sage, kosher salt, and bay leaves. Place the smoked turkey legs into the pot and pour in enough water to cover the peas by about 1 inch. Push the meaty ends of the turkey legs down into the liquid. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the peas have softened, about 45 minutes.

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  • Remove the turkey legs from the soup and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, strip the meat from the bones and tendons, finely chop the turkey meat, and set aside. Using a stick blender, puree the soup to your desired degree of smoothness. Stir the turkey meat back into the soup. Ladle into bowls and top each with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

640.9 calories; protein 61.2g 122% DV; carbohydrates 78.2g 25% DV; fat 9.8g 15% DV; cholesterol 74.3mg 25% DV; sodium 692.3mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
This is a very flavorful soup but rather than six cups of beef broth try six cups water with two tablespoons of ham base. There are several delicious varieties sold in jars. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2015
Way too spicy for what I was expecting which was a traditional pea soup recipe. Without the sour cream it was almost inedible. Also the author failed to mention that the split peas should soak or be slow cooked overnight. I started soaking them at 6:30 AM and then slow cooking at 12:30 PM and they were still not soft enough by dinner at 6:30 PM!!! Disappointing to say the least. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
This is a very flavorful soup but rather than six cups of beef broth try six cups water with two tablespoons of ham base. There are several delicious varieties sold in jars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2012
We no longer eat pork and my wife loves pea soup being a French Canadian. So I smoked turkey hind quarters in our baraque smoker. I also used my own turkey broth I made from our last roast turkey. She just loved it and so did I and I don't care for pea soup but this one was too good not to eat. I didn't put in all the chilli flakes as my little French girl dosn't like things to hot but the soup was sooooo good.I served it with a Johnny Cake I made and now I have a happy wife. I would not change anything except less chilli peppers. Thank you for the great recipe WileyP Wayne & Mona Nakusp British Columbia Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
Sooo good!!! I gave some away to three different people and my phone wouldn't stop ringing. They wanted to know when I would make it again. This will be the recipe for split pea soup that I will make over and over again. Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2017
Great Recipe! I used chicken broth instead of beef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2014
This was one of the best soups I have ever had! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2020
Delicious! I cooked everything in the crockpot on low for 8 hours and I turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2014
One delicious! One thing I would add to the directions make sure to watch this as it simmers. I accidentally let the water level drop too much by not ckecking for 30 minutes. But it didn't burn I caught it in time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2018
This is a really good and easy recipe. In my opinion there is no need to add salt since there's plenty in the beef broth and soy sauce. I left it out. Also I didn't have sage and I don't miss it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2015
Just made this recipe as I had left over smoked turkey and some ham in the freezer. The spiciness will be perfect for today's Superbowl - similar to a chili in it's spiciness. I didn't add the potatoes as I wanted it to be lighter. And I don't like my split peas pureed so I didn't do that part. I am very happy with the results and so is my hubby! Can't wait for half-time for my next bowl!:-) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2015
Way too spicy for what I was expecting which was a traditional pea soup recipe. Without the sour cream it was almost inedible. Also the author failed to mention that the split peas should soak or be slow cooked overnight. I started soaking them at 6:30 AM and then slow cooking at 12:30 PM and they were still not soft enough by dinner at 6:30 PM!!! Disappointing to say the least. Read More