Savory Split Pea Soup (with a wee bit of Bacon!)

Posted by on September 9, 2010 | 14 Comments

I know, lots of green on the blog this week, but I promise, it’s all delicious. This recipe is adapted from the new Free eCookbook, Smart School Time Recipes: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults.

This recipe was contributed to the eBook by my good friend, the fabulous non-dairy diva, Sarena. Her version is vegetarian. Yes, I masacred it by putting a little bit of bacon in it. But I knew the very word “bacon” would get my husband excited about this soup. And it did. And he loved it. I think he would have loved it sans bacon too (that was just the icing on the cake, the motivation, the … well, you get the picture), so feel free to go with her original recipe or maybe add some vegetarian / vegan bacon? I mean seriously, why not?

split pea soup


Savory Split Pea Soup

Adapted from Sarena’s recipe in Smart School Time Recipes. This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and as noted you can make it Vegan / Vegetarian with Sarena’s original recipe from the ebook, or with some vegan bacon!

  • 1 to 2 Slices of Bacon, Chopped or a Handful of Bacon Pieces (not bacon bits)
  • 3 to 4 Medium to Large Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 Cup Diced Onions or 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder (I ran out or onions, so I used onion powder instead and it was still delicious)
  • 2 Small to Medium Cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 8 Ounces Dry Split Peas, picked and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 Cups Diced Potatoes (about 1 large Russet or 4 little white potatoes – which I used)
  • 4 Cups Chicken or No-Chicken Broth (I used Imagine Foods Chicken Broth)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (start with 1/4 and work your way up if you think it needs more – I used between this amount)

Add the bacon pieces to a large pot and cook over medium-low heat for a couple minutes. Add the diced carrots and onions (if using) and cook for about 5 minutes (you can add a little liquid if there isn’t enough fat from the bacon to preven sticking). Add the crushed garlic and cook for just a minute more. Add the peas, potatoes, and broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and allow it to simmer for about 45 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper to taste, give it a nice stir, and allow it to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Note: I’m at higher altitude, so I tacked on another 10 minutes to create a nice thick soup, but 45 minutes should be enough time in most places.

Makes 3 to 4 servings


For Sarena’s original version, click below to get your copy of this …

smart school time cookbook

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Comments (14)


  1. Christina says:

    Oh I love split pea soup! This looks so yummy! I’ve only had it w/ ham or ham bones for flavor, never w/ bacon. I’ll have to try that!

  2. megan says:

    it’s 10pm, i’m pregnant, and all i want is THIS SOUP!
    it looks so good – and easy!
    thanks for posting. i’m totally making this tomorrow.

  3. Katie says:

    It is 35 out right now, and I’ve got soup on the brain lately. I’ve had it for lunch the pat 2 days. Split peas are on the grocery list!

  4. This looks awesome! I will omit the bacon & try veggie broth…but other than that, great! My husband LOVES split pea soup, and I have yet to find a good recipe for it!! As soon as it cools off more I will try!

  5. Alisa,
    I found your blog when you mentioned SunButter, but I’ve continued following it because of your terrific info. This recipe is particularly wonderful as it is soup weather here. Thanks for another great post!

  6. SSHHH don’t tell my boys you put bacon in there. There will be a riot here. It looks delicious!

  7. Diane says:

    I can’t stand the flavor of cooked carrots but they are good for you so I run them through my blender until they are chunky bits and toss them in the soup. They add a pretty color without a big bite of icky. Thought this might help a mom with a fussy eater.

  8. Such a comforting and delicious soup!

  9. Joanne says:

    Sometimes, if it gets boys to eat their greens, you just have to add bacon! Plus it doesn’t hurt that it tastes so wonderful…

    Love this soup! And the ecookbook!

  10. Too many awesome recipes in this cookbook! I am snacking on some maple cinnamon glazed almonds as we speak 🙂

  11. Alta says:

    Oh I love split pea soup! This looks so good.

  12. Stephanie says:

    I love split pea soup and this looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to make it!

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