Homestyle Split Pea Soup

Serves 6-8
Prep time 12 hours
Cook time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 14 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Bay Leaf, Carrots, Celery, Liquid Smoke, Split Peas, Thyme, Vegetable Stock
Season Fall, Winter


  • 2 cups split green peas
  • 10-12 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 3 ‘beef’ bouillon cubes (use only 1 cube if using vegetable stock)
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 drops liquid smoke, optional (I never used it)


1 Wash split peas, place in a large bowl and cover with water. Let sit overnight.
2 Drain peas and place in a large pot with 10 cups of water.
3 Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours. If the soup is too thick, add the remaining 2 cups of water.
4 Add in vegetables and seasonings.
5 Let simmer an additional 30 minutes until vegetables are tender and split peas are soft.
6 Taste and adjust for salt and pepper, if needed.