07 May 2012

Recipe: Andersen's Split Pea Soup

One of my fave soups is split pea. Jim had it 4 times a week for close to a year when he was a young'un, so he was very apprehensive about me trying this recipe. However, against his better judgement, he allowed me to have my fun and brew up a batch of this childhood favorite. Much to his chagrin, he enjoyed it, and even went back for seconds! Guess this one will be added to our recipe box, and will pull it out every now and then.

I did a google search for split pea soup and ran across the recipe for Andersen's, which is a restaurant in California, and was very happy with the result.

What you need:

2 quarts water
2 cups split peas (14-16oz bag)
1 branch of celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp thyme
pinch of cayenne
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

I put all of this into a large pot and turned it up to high.

Bring it to a hard boil for 20 minutes. It will start to look frothy like this:

Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until peas are soft and start falling apart. Once the peas are starting to get a bit mushy, remove the bay leaf and either push all through a small sieve or you can do like I did, and dump it into the food processor and pulse until all the big chunks of veggies are broken up.

Transfer back into the pot and bring back to a slow boil.

When serving, add a pinch of paprika to the top and enjoy!

Just an added note, this didn't need any ham, it's pretty hearty, so if you are looking to go meatless, this will do nicely. However, we are carnivores and will be adding ham next time.


  1. looks great love split pea soup :)

  2. I was at the butcher this morning and picked up some bacon bones (something I'd never seen in the states) and will be making split pea soup tomorrow. I can't wait. It's one of my favorites and I like the meat in it. :)