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Split Pea and Sausage Soup

A big bowl of substantial soup is the perfect antidote to cold weather and busy schedules. Whether it’s a weeknight family meal or an informal get-together, I pull out my tried-and-true soup and bread recipes and relax. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup dried green split peas
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups water


  • Saute the sausage, potato, carrots, celery and onion in butter in a large skillet until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic and oregano; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the peas, bouillon, bay leaf and water. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 429 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1267mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • KatieOkelley
    Nov 27, 2020

    I really enjoyed this, but instead of split peas, I used a can of kidney beans. I think that made the soup look more pleasing and like the flavor better. I also did not saute' the potatoes before cooking them. Very good soup!

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 4, 2019

    This was just ok. The sausage was very flavorful, but the peas had very little flavor to add to the soup. I did not saute the potatoes, carrots and celery with the sausage. The long cook time is enough to cook those vegetables through without making them mushy. This recipe just needs some more seasoning to make it better.

  • notsae
    Mar 8, 2016

    I didn't use the slow cooker,used a Dutch oven on very low heat. I saut?ed the veggies and sausage, and used chicken broth to keep sodium down. I did not have any , but had to take the pot away from my husband. Pea soup is his favorite.

  • slowcoker
    Mar 6, 2016

    This has a lovely fresh taste. I omitted the split peas because I did not want to muddy the flavour,

  • stillabower
    Jan 2, 2013

    My husband and I both really liked this soup. Both of my kids were turned off by the greenish color of the broth, but after they tasted it, my super-picky 7-year-old actually said she LIKED it, and asked for more! Yea! A recipe with vegetables that she likes!!

  • carrie carney
    Nov 13, 2012

    I thought this was really good as did my 5 and 6 year olds. My husband only had one bowl which usually means he's not overly impressed (oh well). Next time I make it I think I will sauté only the sausage and onions-seems like doing the rest is not necessary.