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January 21, 2012

Seven soups every Saturday: split pea soup recipes


What's budget-friendly, nutritious, easy to cook and comes in your choice of colors? Split peas! High in fiber and potassium, split peas keep for months in the pantry in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. One pound sells for less than $2, and will make 4-6 large portions of soup. Best of all, both green and yellow splits cook quickly, with no presoak required; they break down on their own after less than an hour of stovetop cooking to form a chunky, satisfying potage, and they're great in the slow cooker, too. Split pea soup can go smoky or spicy, flavored with curry or chipotle or rosemary. There's no more comforting soup in the cold days of winter.

Seven split pea soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Coconut split pea soup, from Gluten-free Goddess

Split pea soup with ham, from Cooking on the Side

Yellow split-pea soup with sweet potatoes and kale, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Crockpot split pea soup with chicken sausage and carrots, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Spicy harissa split pea soup, from Healthy. Happy. Life.

Vegetarian split pea soup, from 101 Cookbooks

Curried super split pea soup, from Seriously Soupy

Find more delicious split pea soup recipes on Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.

[Photo of yellow split-pea soup with sweet potatoes and kale by, and used with permission from, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.]


Posted by: Shirley @ gfe | January 21, 2012 at 08:41 AM

Lydia, I so look forward to your seven soups every week. I wasn't introduced to split pea soup until I went away to college. I quickly became a huge fan and practically do backflips when there's split pea soup served that I can enjoy safely. Mostly I enjoy it at my support group meetings these days as neither hubby nor son like split pea soup (a mystery to me!), but many of my support group members do. I'll definitely remember these recipes for one of our upcoming meetings. Thanks!


Posted by: Kalyn | January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Mmm, split pea soup. I love it in any form!

Posted by: Soup-a-Woman | January 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Split Pea w/ Chipotle. **head slap** Yep... trying that!

Posted by: Lydia | January 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM

Shirley, like you, I first learned to make split pea soup when I went to college. I almost always make it the same way (these days in the slow cooker), so I'm excited to try some of these new-to-me variations.

Kalyn, me too!

Soup-a-Woman, doesn't that sound fantastic?

Posted by: Kathy - Panini Happy | January 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM

Especially on a gray day like today, split pea soup sounds especially appealing! Many thanks for the mention. :-)

Posted by: Lydia | January 22, 2012 at 07:25 AM

Kathy, we had our Soup Swap in a snowstorm yesterday, and I kept thinking it would be a perfect day for split pea soup. We had 20 wonderful soups, but not one of them split pea!

Posted by: susan from food blogga | January 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM

My mom's visiting us right now, and she was telling me that she made my dad a huge pot of pea soup before she left. Looks like she made the ideal soup given the snowy weather you've had this week. Yours looks bone-warmingly delicious!

Posted by: Lydia | January 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM

Susan, your dad must be happy to have the soup in this weather. Yes, cold here with (in my neck of the woods) 6 inches of snow on the group. Snow, and the Pats on TV -- perfect combination for soup!

Posted by: Jean Millis | January 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I really like split pea soup too. Here's another recipe for chicken and dumplings. Cook the chicken, take the meat off the bones, put back into the broth then take a package of flour tortillas, slice into strips, when broth comes to a boil slowly drop in the tortilla strips. That's it and really SIMPLE!

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