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    55 mins

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    I'mPat's Note:

    From Super Food Ideas July 2008. Though I have listed chicken stock as per recipe I used a homemade ham stock. This bought back memories of New Years Eve parties that my parents used to have and there was always pots of mushy peas served. UPDATE- after making this several times now I have found the cooking time will vary between 25 to 45 minutes - I can only put it down to the split peas and that they may vary from packet to packet.

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    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 large brown onion (finely chopped)
    • 2 garlic cloves (crushed or minced)
    • 1 1/4 cups dried split green peas (dried peas rinsed)
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 2 cups water (cold)
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 125 g bacon (rashers shortcut rind removed)
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (to serve)
    • 4 crusty bread rolls (to serve, I used bacon and cheese)


    1. 1
      Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add onion and garlic and cook stirring for about 3 minutes till onion is soft.
    2. 2
      Add peas and stir to coat.
    3. 3
      Add stock and cold water and bring to the boil.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 25 to 45 minutes or until peas are tender (see note above).
    5. 5
      Remove from heat and process half the soup in a blender or use a stick blender till smooth or do what I did and put the stick blender straight into the pot and process to your liking.
    6. 6
      Return to pot or if you just used the stick blender, stir in lemon juice and cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.
    7. 7
      While soup was cooking in the first 25 minutes, heat a frying pan over medium high heat and add bacon and cook till crisp or use Barefoot Contessa's Oven Roasted Bacon .
    8. 8
      Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and drain.
    9. 9
      Crumble into pieces.
    10. 10
      Ladle soup into bowls and top with crumbled bacon and paprika and serve with a roll.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 11, 2012


      I had to omit the bacon, because of some health issues, but this soup was just fine without it. I used chicken broth and added a bay leaf, some peppercorns and some thyme to the soup as it was cooking as well - I find that those enhance any vegetable soup. The lemon added a lovely bright note, quite nice.

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    • on May 08, 2009


      Simple to make, we enjoyed this very much. I did find my peas took more like 45 minutes to cook, but I had allowed for that. A thick delicious soup with lots of flavour, I was generous with the bacon, forgot the paprika, and sliced some spring onions on top as well, we enjoyed the sharp onion with the soup! I made some garlic bread to go with this and we had ourselves a feast! Thanks for a simple and totally delicious supper, Pat!

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    • on April 22, 2010


      This pea soup was delicious! I decided to cook it in my crock pot so I didn't have to baby sit it. I baked the bacon in the oven so there wasn't any additional mess. I cooked it for 8 hours on low and then used a blender to puree the soup! Made for Potluck tag.

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    Nutritional Facts for Green Split Pea and Bacon Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (438 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 613.7
    Calories from Fat 199
    Total Fat 22.1 g
    Saturated Fat 6.0 g
    Cholesterol 24.8 mg
    Sodium 755.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 76.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 17.6 g
    Sugars 9.6 g
    Protein 27.9 g

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