Jamaican Golden Split Pea Soup

READY IN: 2hrs
Recipe by P48422

A wonderful, simple soup, which can easily be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I like to garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of chopped chives or parsley. Beer is an excellent accompaniment to this soup.

Top Review by MechanicalJen

GREAT soup! I didn't have celery, so I added an extra turnip. A great thing about this recipe is the versatility. Non-fusiness is something I can really appreciate. I doubled the allspice and used 1/2 tsp dried thyme. Makes an even better bowl the next day. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring the broth and split peas to a boil in a large pot over med-high heat.
  2. Cover, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the peas are soft, about 45 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.
  5. Pick out and discard the thyme.
  6. Puree the soup in batches in a food mill, food processor or blender (I use my imersion blender and puree it right in the pot).
  7. Taste and adjust the seasonings with additional allspice, salt and pepper if needed.
  8. This soup can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for several weeks.
  9. Stir well after reheating.

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