by Olena

Green Split Pea Soup

by Olena

4.7 from 3 reviews

green split pea soup in a bowl garnished with green onion

Green Pea Soup

Hearty homemade green split pea soup. Its ingredients are versatile and it’s perfect for all Holidays turkey leftovers.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada and I used roasted turkey liquids from the bottom of the pan and meat to give my mom’s green pea soup a makeover on the blog.

Is split pea soup healthy? Definitely. Split peas are pulses. As per Care2 website, single cup provides 65% of your daily fiber needs, 16 grams of protein and 230 calories.

a pot of green pea soup

Split Pea Soup Ingredients

  • A ham bone, soup bones or turkey leftovers. That’s what gives richness to a green split pea soup. But good old chicken works.
  • Green split peas
  • Onions, carrots and celery
  • And then salt and fresh herbs for garnish

Tip: If you want to make easy pea soup without ham bone, season with smoked paprika at the end. It adds a lot of umami flavour.

Do I Have to Soak Split Peas?

I used to think “yes” but the answer is “no”. Just know green split peas take 1 – 1.5 hours to cook to really break down but it’s truly hands off method. If you are in a rush, try my Instant Pot split pea soup.

Are Green Split Peas the Same as Lentils?

No, they are not. To see what lentils look like check out my Instant Pot lentil soup or green lentil curry.

How to Cook Green Split Pea Soup

  1. In large pot or dutch oven, add bones, water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for about an hour. I used leftover turkey bones with meat and a few cups of juices + fat from roasting the turkey. This soup is perfect post-Thanksgiving and Christmas soup. OR skip all together and use smoked paprika to season the soup.leftover meat and broth to make split pea soup
  2. Preheat medium skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, carrots and celery; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. green split pea soup
  3. Transfer to a pot along with green split peas and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 – 1.5 hours or until split peas are soft and partially broken down. how to cook green split peas
  4. Season with pepper and garnish with green onion, dill or parsley. Serve hot.homemade green pea soup
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Green Split Pea Soup

4.7 from 3 reviews

No soaking, tasty and hearty Green Split Pea Soup Recipe. Its ingredients are versatile and it’s perfect for all Holidays turkey leftovers.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups green split peas, rinsed & drained
  • Turkey, chicken or ham bone with some meat*
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Smoked paprika, to taste*
  • Green onion, dill or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In large pot or dutch oven, add bones, water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for about an hour.*
  2. Preheat medium skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, carrots and celery; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Transfer to a pot along with green split peas and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 – 1.5 hours or until split peas are soft and partially broken down.
  4. Season with pepper and garnish with green onion, dill or parsley. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

*I used leftover turkey bones with meat and a few cups of juices + fat from roasting the turkey. This soup is perfect post-Thanksgiving and Christmas soup. OR skip all together and use smoked paprika to season the soup.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Olena! This recipe is a favorite of my husbands and mine! So full of flavor and good health all in one delicious bowl. Who could ask for better comfort food than that as wait out our non-existent (so far) spring in Chicago suburbs.

    1. Lol. I missed you. Yes we have very long winter here in PNW which is unusual for us. Almost there and so happy to hear you are still eating healthy and keeping well. All that matters. Simple things.

  2. Hearty healthy soup. I didn’t have a ham bone which I believe would have made this even better but very enjoyable all the same.

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