Split Pea Soup

One of our favorite restaurants on the Central Coast is Pea Soup Andersens, which — as you might imagine — is famous for its split pea soup.

This recipe is inspired by the restaurant’s hearty and simple pea soup — which is loaded with healthy peas, carrots, celery and onion. To give it a bit of salty and smoky flavor, diced bacon is added to the soup. You make this a vegetarian split pea soup by omitting the bacon and using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

Serve this comforting pea soup topped with a drizzle of sour cream and dash of white pepper, with a side of pumpernickel bread.

If you ever find yourself on the Central Coast, stop by Pea Soup Andersens for their famous split pea soup.

Split Pea Soup

One of our favorite restaurants on the Central Coast is Pea Soup Andersens, which — as you might imagine — is famous for its split pea soup.
This recipe is inspired by the restaurant's hearty and simple pea soup — which is loaded with healthy peas, carrots, celery and onion. To give it a bit of salty and smoky flavor, diced bacon is added to the soup. You make this a vegetarian split pea soup by omitting the bacon and using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.
Serve this comforting pea soup topped with a drizzle of sour cream and dash of white pepper, with a side of pumpernickel bread.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound dried split peas rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 carrots halved and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks halved and sliced
  • 2 whole cloves garlic skinned and minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup frozen bacon diced small
  • 8 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • White pepper and sour cream for serving

Instructions
 

  • Place chopped vegetables in bowl and set aside.
  • Place soup pot over high heat.
  • Add bacon to 3 tablespoons olive oil. Saute down.
  • Add vegetables and saute until softened.
  • Stir in the peas for about 1 minute.
  • Add 8 cups chicken broth and drop in bay leaf. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for one hour.
  • Mash soup and serve topped with a drizzle of sour cream and a dash of white pepper.

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Keyword peas, soup, Soup recipes, split peas