Classic Split Pea Soup

"I haven't met a bean or pea that I didn't love," says Steven Satterfield. Here he soaks split peas for an hour before simmering them in the soup, so they're more tender and the soup is smoother.


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  • 1 pound green split peas
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Parsley Pistou, Onion Rings and crispy bacon (optional), for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large pot, combine the split peas and water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, cover and let stand for 1 hour.

  2. In a medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the celery, carrots, onion, marjoram and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 8 minutes. Scrape the mixture into the split peas and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the peas have dissolved and the soup is thickened, about 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Parsley Pistou, Onion Rings and crispy bacon.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published March 2011

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