Pea soup

Old Fashioned Split Pea (or Lentil) Soup

by | Jan 23, 2022 | Healthy Options, Main Dishes and Casseroles, Soups and Salads

"Smokey and delicious, can be made with split peas or lentils, smoked ham or turkey for a healthy option. Filling and satisfying!"

I just love split peas and lentils.  For one, they are super high in soluble fiber, and can help lower cholesterol.  They can help protect against diabetes and cancer too!  Personally, I love both split peas and lentils.  While there’s not much taste difference, I find lentils tend to stay intact a bit longer, and resist turning to mush like split peas can, which is why I personally tend to favor them over split peas; however, they are both delicious and make this an awesome classic soup. It provides an excellent source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc…and let’s face it, we are all looking for ways to boost that immune system, am I right?

pea soup

Split Pea (or Lentil) Soup

Make with smoked ham or smoked turkey, split peas or lentils
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine soup
Servings 8
Calories 330 kcal


  • Soup kettle or Insta-Pot


  • 2 c Nueske's Smoked Ham or Turkey cubed into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 16 oz split peas or lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 cups chicken stock


  • In a medium soup kettle, heat olive oil and add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook until tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook for 40 minutes, stirring regularly.


Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 26gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 407mgPotassium: 941mgFiber: 15gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2670IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 3mg
Keyword american
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