Hickory Smoke Split Pea Soup

120 mins (prep 30, cooking 90)
14 ingredients
6-8 servings
I've served this hearty soup for as long as I can remember. I think the liquid smoke really flavors the soup nicely and the absence of ham is not a drawback. BE SURE NOT TO ADD ANY SALT OR PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN SALT TO THE SOUP BEFORE THE SPLIT PEAS HAVE BECOME TENDER! I generally make this soup into a stew by adding more carrots and potatoes. This makes a large kettle of soup, so unless you're serving a lot of people, you won't need to double the recipe. The split peas will need to be soaked 1 hour before you begin making the soup (see directions).

Categories:  low-fat , low-cholesterol , low-calorie , weeknight , low-sat.-fat , healthy , <-4-hours , soups-&-stews , low-in... , healthy-2 , low-sodium , time-to-make ,
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  • 1 (1 lb) dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, diced fairly small
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (dice slightly larger than 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch square. )
  • 2 large potatoes, washed, peeled and diced 3/4-inch by 3/4-inch square (i use yukon gold or golden potatoes and because of the thin skin i don't peel them. i fill my soup p)
  • 4 celery ribs (also include celery leaves from the entire package of celery. cut off leaves with a knife and chop. )
  • 2 cups carrots (dice slightly larger than 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch square. i use fresh, long carrots. peel carrots, if d)
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (fresh)
  • 1 bay leaf (i use 2 bay leaves-remove sharp stem ends and leaf tips!)
  • 1 (28 ounce) whole tomatoes, cut into small cubes with stainless steel kitchen shears (reserve the tomato juice)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (grocery item)


Serving Size (401.94 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 34.08 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.2g 1.82%
Saturated Fat 0.03g 0.95%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 67.23mg 16.81%
Total Carbohydrate 7.95g 15.9%
Dietary Fiber 2.26 g 54.13%
Sugars 3.75 g %
Protein 0.81g 9.69%
Vitamin A 13176.12IU% Vitamin C 4.97mg%
Calcium 37.75mg% Iron 0.26mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium onion, green bell pepper, large, celery ribs, dried parsley flakes, whole tomatoes, liquid smoke