Turkey Split Pea Soup

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Turkey Split Pea Soup
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
8 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • Kosher salt 

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 medium carrots, cut into chunks

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 8 cups turkey or chicken stock

  • 1 roast turkey carcass with some meat on the bones, broken into pieces

  • 1 pound dried split peas


  1. In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat until hot. Stir in the onions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, stock, turkey carcass, and split peas and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the split peas are very soft and falling apart, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the turkey bones and return any meat to the pot. Sea-son the soup with salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

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