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Split Pea Sausage Soup

Meet the Cook: When my husband and I eat out and enjoy a dish, I go home and try to duplicate it. That's how I came up with this recipe. While it's good at any time, we like it full and hearty over the winter. Our three children are grown. Now, we keep busy watching their children - our six grandchildren - grow. -Donna Mae Young, Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Cut sausage in half lengthwise; cut into 1/4-in. pieces. Place in a Dutch oven or stockpot; add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas are tender. Remove bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 387 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 933mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 16g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Joanne
    Dec 15, 2019

    I love this recipe. So easy to add your own choices of meat or whatever. I sauté the veggies in olive oil, add breakfast sausage and then add chicken stock and peas. Just like my mom made when I was a kid. So many good memories??

  • homemaker27
    Jan 30, 2015

    DELICIOUS!!! Made this for dinner tonight. Only substituted chicken broth for the water. Will make again and again!!!

  • ak4ever
    Mar 21, 2014

    My husband and I loved boys (5 &3) not so much since I added more pepper. I omitted the salt since the kielbasa was already plenty salty!

  • OldHattie
    Feb 25, 2014

    This is my all time favorite split pea soup! I have been making it since I found it in the 1998 Taste of Home magazine. I substitute 1 package of frozen sliced carrots, to make preparation easier and increase the amount of carrots. I serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled lightly with lemon-pepper. DELISH!!!!

  • gld2bmom
    Feb 9, 2014

    Delicious and super-easy to make! The homey flavor is wonderful for cold winter evenings!

  • PaangoMN
    Sep 19, 2013

    Made this last winter and will make again this winter but I will put in diced ham as I prefer over kielbasa.

  • sls777
    Jan 29, 2013

    Delicious and light ! This is a very simple supper, especially on cooler days.

  • BrookieMay4
    Jan 15, 2013

    No comment left

  • lisa53202
    Nov 21, 2012

    Good, but I prefer split pea soup made with ham--it imparts a smokier flavor throughout the soup.

  • R. Fugit
    Oct 27, 2011

    Followed recipe exactly. Thought soup was very good.