by Olena

Green Split Pea Soup

by Olena

4.9 from 8 reviews

Green Split Pea Soup makes easy, delicious and hearty bowl of soup that can be vegetarian or add bone and meat.

My Ukrainian mom’s recipe. 🙂

green split pea soup in a bowl garnished with green onion

Green Pea Soup

Hearty homemade green split pea soup. Its ingredients are simple and versatile. Make with meat, cheap soup bones or it is just perfect for 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.

a pot of green pea soup

Green Pea Soup Ingredients

This green pea soup can be vegetarian or with meat.

  • Meat – A ham bone, any soup bones or turkey (carcass) leftovers. That’s what adds richness for the best split pea soup. But good old chicken works.
  • Green split peas – Green or yellow split peas cook the same.
  • Onions, carrots and celery – In Ukraine, we also added diced potatoes. I suspect because everyone grew their own potatoes.
  • Fresh herbs for garnish – Dill, parsley or green onion are great. If I had to choose, I would pick parsley.

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

how to cook green split peas

Split Peas FAQs

  • Do I have to soak split peas? No. 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 split peas same as lentils? Split peas might look like green lentils to some but they are not. Both are legumes but lentils cook much faster. To see what lentils look like check out my green lentil curry.

How to Make Split Pea Soup

There is detailed recipe card below. I recommend to use large pot or dutch oven you can saute veggies in and add remaining ingredients to make a one pot meal. If not, skillet and pot works too.

  • Saute veggies – Saute onion, carrots and celery for 5 minutes.
  • Bring meat to a boil – Add soup bones/meat, water, bay leaves and peppercorns. It is important to bring this mixture to a boil to reduce cook time. Also skim any foam with a mesh strainer. green split pea soup
  • I used leftover turkey bones with meat and a few cups of juices + fat from roasting the turkey. This simple 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
  • To make make vegan/vegetarian pea soup – The only ingredient that makes pea soup not vegan is meat. Skip it and create umami flavor with 1 tsp smoked paprika and vegetable broth.
  • Cook soup for 1 – 1.5 hours or until split peas are soft and partially broken down.

How to Serve, Store and Freeze Split Pea Soup

Serving pea soup: Split pea soup is high in fiber and carbohydrates, so it is quite filling on its own. Men and kids who require more calories, can enjoy it with a toast or crackers. Season pea soup with pepper and garnish with green onion, dill or parsley.

Storing pea soup: Split pea soup can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Keep in mind it thickens within few hours after cooking and in the fridge afterwards. Just reheat desired amount in a pot on low heat while stirring. You will see soup slowly becoming of original consistency.

homemade green pea soup

Freezing pea soup: Pea soup freezes beautifully because there are not tender veggies. I recommend not to add potatoes to a pea soup if you plan on freezing. Once thawed, potatoes do not taste good.

Pea soup is a one pot meal on its own that sticks to your ribs. Enjoy!

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

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.

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green split pea soup in blue bowl with golden spoon and crackers

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Green Split Pea Soup

4.9 from 8 reviews

Green Split Pea Soup makes easy, delicious and hearty bowl of soup that can be vegetarian or add bone and meat.

  • 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: Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups green split peas, rinsed & drained
  • 12 lbs turkey, chicken or ham bone
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water or low sodium veggie broth (for vegetarian version only)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Green onion, dill or parsley, for garnish
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (for vegetarian version only)

Instructions

  1. Preheat large pot or dutch oven on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, carrots and celery; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add soup bones/meat (if making vegetarian – skip), water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and skim foam (if any) with a mesh strainer.
  3. Add split peas and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low 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. Keep in mind it thickens within few hours after cooking and in the fridge afterwards. Just reheat desired amount in a pot on low heat while stirring. You will see soup slowly becoming of original consistency.

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

Notes

  • Meat version – 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.
  • Vegetarian version – Skip meat and use 1 tsp smoked paprika and veggie broth for flavorful soup.
  • Yellow split peas work.

 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. Delicious. I just made this recipe for dinner ..and I like it very much. I definitely would do more of your recipes..

  2. When do you take out the chicken bones? Do you need to strain it somehow?
    (I’m making this right now and realized I didn’t quite understand that step.)

    1. You don’t have to strain anything. Remove bones after cooking. We don’t. We serve into bowls and everyone removes their own bones. Enjoy!

      1. Thank you! It turned out great, though I did cook it longer.
        I also had some leftover vegetable broth that I braised pork in a few nights ago, so I threw that in as well. Very easy and tasty!

  3. Hi Olena;

    Made your split pea soup today in slow cooker on high for 5 – 5 1/2 hours.
    Turned out great.
    My husband gave it a # 9 rating !
    Also made from scratch whole wheat bread,my 1st.time,husband enjoyed it
    with the soup!

  4. First time I’ve ever made split pea soup. I made it with ham, I didn’t want to wait another week for the turkey leftovers. It was very easy to make in the crockpot and is delicious. Perfect to freeze and pull out for work lunches. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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