Grandma's Split Pea Soup

Grandma's Split Pea Soup

12 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour

My maternal (Southern) grandmother's Split Pea Soup is a very tasty, stick to your ribs, hearty soup. I make it with turkey kielbasa (Polish sausage), top with some crumbled feta or blue cheese, and serve with a crusty bread.


2 cups dried split peas
2 teaspoons Canola oil
1 large Vidalia onion; chopped
1 clove garlic; crushed
2 stalks celery; strings removed and chopped fine
2 carrots; finely diced
2 smoked turkey wings or 1 smoked turkey leg
2 teaspoons Coarse salt
6 cups Chicken Stock
1 tablespoon fresh sage; julienned
1 teaspoon lemon zest; freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves; coarsely chopped for garnish

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



Wash the peas to remove dust. Spread on a towel and remove any debris.

Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium high heat. Add oil and heat, add onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add smoked turkey, peas, salt and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, and cook, partially covered, until peas are tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove turkey from pot and remove meat from the bones. Finely shred meat and put back into the pot. Stir in sage, lemon zest and cayenne and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

Ladle pea puree into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.


I usually double the recipe and freeze it in individual servings.

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I am not a big fan of split pea soup, but my family loves it with the left over New Years ham, So I used ham instead of the turkey legs. As I was added the spices I thought it a bit interesting but I actually liked it.
michellebolhuis 3m ago

My family of 5 all loved it! Thanks for posting.
skroseberg 4y ago

Great taste! I had to improvise cuz I didn't have all the spices. I added ham, parsley flakes, Cajun seasoning, and a pinch of chili pepper. I used 2 tsp of sea salt, but I think 1 tsp is plenty , it seemed a bit salty
Jeni315 4y ago

Great update to split pea soup! The lemon zest (I also tossed in the juice), sage, and cayenne make give this otherwise boring dish some real taste interest! Vegetarian version could be really good, too: Skip the meat and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
StCloudDad 5y ago

I made this with bacon as we didn't have smoked turkey leg or a ham hock. It was really really good. Careful on the sage though...I used a little too much.
Kpbongos 5y ago

I used ham (leftover in fridge) instead of smoked turkey wings. I actually used more lemon than called for. I cooked a little longer for the sake of the split peas and I added more chicken stock as it was more paste like. Since it looks pureed in the picture, I did that as well. My wife liked it.
wyattj 5y ago

Great recipe! Great flavors!!
Lofrias 5y ago

I really enjoyed this recipe, I would use just a tad less lemon zest. Will be making again and again!
speedster85 6y ago

This was very husband thought the lemon flavor was a little too strong, and I actually prefer pea soup in vegetarian form, but overall we liked this. The texture was great and with a few changes we can make this fit our personal tastes a litte better. Great hearty soup!
gidge80 6y ago

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