Splendiforous Split Pea Soup

On a crisp, cold winter day, what could be more deliciously comforting than  a bowl of smokey split pea soup?  This recipe is a household favorite and ideal for canning.  When you heat it up, you may need to add some water or broth to get it to the consistency that you prefer. As is, you might be able to eat it with a fork!


  • 6 cups of split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 pound of ham or bacon, diced (approx 1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 whole onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 organic MSG-free bouillon cube (beef or chicken)


  1. In a big Dutch oven or stock pot, sauté ham or bacon in olive oil until it is lightly browned. 
  2. Add in onions and garlic and sauté for about two more minutes.
  3.  I prepped my onions and garlic in the food processor.  Why? Cause I’m lazy!
  4.  Stir in all of the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  5.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for an hour to an hour and a half, until all ingredients are soft.
  6. You can stop at this point if you like your pea soup a bit lumpier, but we prefer ourspureed to blend the flavors.  If you are pureeing the soup, run it through the blender until itreaches the consistency you desire.  We don’t pulverize it – we just make it a thick puree. 
  7. Now it’s time to P-can your soup.  Fill your jars and follow the instructions for pressure canning.  Split pea soup needs to be processed for 90 minutes at 10-12 pounds pressure.   Be sure to adjust for altitude.
This recipe makes 5 quarts.
When serving, you can go crazy and sautee a little bacon or ham for the top of the soup.
Serve with fresh crusty bread for dipping.

Daisy Luther

Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy Luther is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats.   She is a best-selling author who has written several books, including The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper's Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.  Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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