Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup


Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup

(Serves 4)

Made with green split peas from Zursun Idaho Heirloom Beans, these peas have a smooth texture when cooked,. They are perfect for this classic ham-based soup. You can also make a vegetarian version without the added bacon!


  • 1 cup dried green split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • smoked bacon, cooked until brown and crisp, chopped (optional).


  • In soup pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add oregano, salt and pepper and cook for an additional minute. Add carrots, potatoes, split peas and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes to one hour, until peas are tender. Add salt and pepper for taste,. Garnish with bacon, if desired.