6 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Split peas are dried and halved along a natural seam in their pod and don't require presoaking. Not tied to any particular region, this dish is an all-American winter favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Stir in carrot, celery, pepper, and salt. Simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes or until peas are tender and soup thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

veryslowcook's Review

February 23, 2015
This is an easy soup with great flavor. I made a few changes... used the whole bag of split peas, cut the liquid down to 9 cups (8 c. chicken broth + 1 c. water), used 8 oz. ham, and omitted the celery. It came out a little too thick, esp after cooling and re-heating, so next time I'll try 9.5 cups liquid and still use the whole bag of peas to see how that works.

MaryEliz's Review

January 18, 2014
This was very tasty, a good solid three-four star dish. I'm upping it to a full 4 stars because it is SO EASY! I substituted a ham hock rather than all of the bacon, but otherwise stuck to the recipe as written.

vpturner's Review

January 11, 2014
This is my consistent "go to" split pea soup recipe. I do however make a couple of tweaks. I use center cut bacon instead of Canadian bacon, and I cut up 1 potato, and add that to the vegetable mixture. Perfect every time!

mja489's Review

January 01, 2014
great flavor, was a little thin the first night. Leftovers thickened some. I used 2 C carrots (because I love carrots in soup) and 2 C ham instead of Canadian bacon. I added the ham along with the celery and carrots - just seemed like a more reasonable amount of time to cook it. I also used slightly more peas than called for - just used the whole bag. My broth was 1/2 homemade ham broth and 1/2 chicken stock.

AlabMom's Review

December 03, 2013
This is a good, solid recipe and I will be happy to make it again. I would use a bit more peas because the soup was a little thinner than I would have liked, but it's super simple and tasty. I used ham instead of Canadian bacon and it substituted well.

GayleR's Review

July 21, 2012
I've made this several times. Delicious! Can substitute bell pepper for celery if necessary.

crusnock's Review

December 12, 2011
Simple and delicious, just like when we were kids. We used ham instead of Canadian bacon. All of my split peas disintegrated...not too sure if that was supposed to happen...

ebsquared00's Review

November 15, 2011
My whole family loves this soup. I actually add 1 tsp cloves to it as well - sounds odd, but tastes great. My mother always added the cloves when she made pea soup.

LilMamaCass's Review

June 16, 2011
This was very simple and turned out delicious. I used real bacon instead of the canadian bacon and crisped it in the dutch oven before putting in the other ingredients. I discarded all but 2 Tbs of the bacon grease. I will now be using this as my split pea recipe, no longer the crock pot version.

Snellbert's Review

March 14, 2010
Comes together easily and tastes wonderful. Also, made it with a loaf of beer bread. The warm feeling lasted all day long.