I like this soup so much that I often make it weekly during cooler months.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
3 hrs 5 mins
3 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Inspect peas, discarding any stones, foreign matter, or unattractive peas. Place peas in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water to remove pea dust.

  • Transfer drained peas into a pot with a lid and a heavy, heat-diffusing bottom. Add water, onion, celery, ketchup, olive oil, salt, garlic, and bay leaves. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a very slow simmer. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom every 7 to 12 minutes, until peas have largely fallen apart, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Stir carrots into the soup. Cook, covered, stirring often, until peas are completely dissolved and soup is thick, about 1 1/2 hours more. Remove and discard bay leaves. Season with pepper.

Cook's Notes:

You can use yellow or green split peas.

If the soup reduces too quickly before the peas are falling apart, add a 1/2 cup more water in Step 2. (And lower the heat under the pot.)

As the soup thickens again in Step 3, the risk of scorching can increase. Set the lid of the pot very slightly ajar to allow heat and steam to escape. Or reduce the flame to a poach (slower than a simmer: no bubbles, but active steam). Or place a heat diffuser under the pot. In any case, stir a little more often.

Nutrition Facts

223 calories; protein 12.7g; carbohydrates 35.5g; fat 4.1g; sodium 124.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
The soup was very tasty. Enjoyed it very much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
If you have ever scorched split pea soup this is the recipe for you. I followed the notes and added an extra bit of water but I also made this at 7500 ft so my cooking time was messed up. The soup was thick enough but not too much. It was full of flavor and never scorched. I added other fresh veggies and used chana dahl (split yellow peas). I also used Sriracha instead of ketchup. Thank you Dan in Manhattan for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The soup was very tasty. Enjoyed it very much. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I usually make my split pea with a ham bone, first time without. I used vegetable bouillon instead of plain water, added 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, and added some diced potatoes for the last 30 minutes. My mom likes her food more salted than I do, so I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt instead of a pinch. All in all, I liked it, and will make it again! Read More