Green Split Pea & Bacon Soup

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Recipe: #14995

October 22, 2014

Categories: Bacon, Peas,

"From Super Food Ideas July 2008. Though I have listed chicken stock as per recipe I used a homemade ham stock. This bought back memories of New Years Eve parties that my parents used to have and there was always pots of mushy peas served. UPDATE- after making this several times now I have found the cooking time will vary between 25 to 45 minutes - I can only put it down to the split peas and that they may vary from packet to packet."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (317.3 g)
  • Calories 554.8
  • Total Fat - 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 68.4 mg
  • Sodium - 771.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 63.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 17.8 g
  • Sugars - 8.9 g
  • Protein - 33.7 g
  • Calcium - 166.7 mg
  • Iron - 5.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add onion and garlic and cook stirring for about 3 minutes till onion is soft.

Step 2

Add peas and stir to coat.

Step 3

Add stock and cold water and bring to the boil.

Step 4

Reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 25 to 45 minutes or until peas are tender (see note above).

Step 5

Remove from heat and process half the soup in a blender or use a stick blender till smooth or do what I did and put the stick blender straight into the pot and process to your liking.

Step 6

Return to pot or if you just used the stick blender, stir in lemon juice and cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.

Step 7

While soup was cooking in the first 25 minutes, heat a frying pan over medium high heat and add bacon and cook till crisp or use recipe #208501 .

Step 8

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and drain and then crumble into pieces.

Step 9

Ladle soup into bowls and top with crumbled bacon and paprika and serve with a roll or crusty bread if desired.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews


Very good soup. We used vegetable broth instead of chicken and about twice what was called for (but only one cup of water) and it worked out well for us. I also used the stick blender but kept about half of the peas unblended. Very good soup!


review by:
(6 Nov 2022)


Great split pea soup! It was super easy to prepare and has great flavor. The soup gets nice and thick after blending (I used the stick blender). I added extra salt and pepper at the end. Yum! Thank you.


review by:
(22 Oct 2015)


Chicken stock gives this an interesting flavor, perfect for a cold day like today. Although like you I am very fond of ham in soup. My soup was a bit thin- I will use less water/stock next time. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(8 Jan 2015)

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