Soup with the Simons: Perfect Split Pea

By | November 28, 2011

I’m kind of picky when it comes to split pea soup. Sometimes it comes out too thin. Sometimes it comes out too thick. Sometimes there are too few carrot slices.

But last night I made a perfect pot. And that means I can finally add split pea to the soup section here.

I’ve seen suggestions to thicken pea soups with lentils and barley. This led to subbing some of the peas out for red lentils (too thin) and then using the full amount of peas, plus some barley (too thick). Is it just me, or is this starting to sound like Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

The recipe below is pretty simple, and I believe that’s how split pea soup should be. Although I’ve made it intermittently throughout the year, this really is a perfect cold-weather dish. Just add garlic bread and salad, and you’ll be dancing to the dinner table.


Dida on November 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm.

Your soup looks so yummy!! I am such a soup person, especially in the winter! I feel like that soup looks like it could really be filling and could be dinner alone!


Tali Simon on November 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm.

…for a girls’ dinner! And yes, you’re invited. :)


Miriam @ Overtime Cook on November 29, 2011 at 7:31 am.

Looks delicious! I think split pea is my favorite soup- don’t think i have ever pureed it though!


Laura on November 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm.

“It’s a delicate art, but I believe in you.” : -))
Thanks for the vote of confidence . . .
This looks great–I think I will make it for Shabbos with the kids and tell them that it is stone soup (for the parsha).


Tali Simon on November 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm.

I hope your kids remember all the parsha dishes they’re eating! It’s quite an education, when you think about it.


Keshet on November 30, 2011 at 5:50 am.

I’ve been searching for a split pea soup–perfect timing!


Rivkah on October 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm.

Hi Tali

I am one of those people who follow your blog steadily yet don’t comment but I must say that we loved this recipe as well as your fab Chummus recipe- thank you so much :)



Tali Simon on October 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm.

Another invisible reader revealed! Thank you. :)


Elisheva on October 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm.

Just thought I’d “reveal” myself too :) another silent admirer who’s been reading and making your recipes for a long time – way before I subscribed :)


Tali Simon on October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm.

Good to “meet” you!


Rivkah on November 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm.

Got this on the stove right now *happy sigh*- looking forward to trying more of your soup recipes over the winter but right now we’re a bit obsessed with this one 😉


Yiska Ben Avraham on November 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm.

This came out awesome, even un-zuzzhed cause kitchen appliance noises have been scaring baby lately. Thank you!


Bracha on March 19, 2014 at 9:25 am.

Very yummy, thanks!


Yiska Ben Avraham on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm.

Thanks for the update – just noticed it! I’ve had to make my own amendments, in the interest of time, but it’s good to knwo what is Officially Approved by the Recipe Guru :)


MM on December 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm.

I just made a double batch of this soup…for the second time in two weeks. Even my toddler liked it! So basically, this soup is a miracle.


Tali Simon on December 4, 2014 at 6:04 am.

A little thumbs-up is the best. :)


renee schuls-jacobson on December 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm.

Yummmmmm! I’m printing this out. I have all the same issues as your “Goldilocks” soups. I’m so glad you mastered this so I can make it tonight! It’s soup weather!

Also excited to share a little Hanukkah Hoopla with you. Are you planning to share a Hanukkah recipe? :)


Tali Simon on December 10, 2014 at 4:45 am.

You got it. :) With me, it’s always going to be about the food.


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