Andersen's Split Pea Soup (Copycat)

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Total Time
1hr 20mins
20 mins
1 hr

This recipe is soooo tasty. I remember as a kid, my parents would take us to Andersons Restaurant. We lived in So. Cal. and I remember it being a road trip to get there. It had a big Windmill and if I remember right, something about a Dutch Girl. That's about it for the memory of the restaurant...but this recipe I remember oh so well. I hope you enjoy :)

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  • 2 -3 meaty ham hocks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 14 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 pinch cayenne (I use a little more..personal taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add above ingredients in large pot.
  2. Boil hard for 20 minutes then simmer until peas are tender, about another 25-20 minute.
  3. Take ham hocks out and set aside to cool.
  4. Strain soup through fine sieve.
  5. Take meat off ham hocks and add back to soup. Reheat and enjoy.
  6. Makes 8 bowls of yummy soup.