Paul and Linda McCartney's Split Pea Soup

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Another celebrity recipe. I do not know if you should chop up the tomatoes or not, but this sounds great. This would be vegan if you don't use the butter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place split peas, lentils, onions, celery, tomatoes and leeks in large pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer about 1-1/2 hours, until split peas and lentils are soft.
  3. Add butter and stir until melted.
  4. Add peppercorns and sea salt to taste.
Most Helpful

Well, I gotta say I was leary of making this as I am a fan of split pea and ham soup. This was awsome. I made it yesterday for lunch/dinner today and it did not make it past 8:00 P.M. it was that good. My daughter, who is a vegetarian thanks you, and has informed me that not only will I be making it again today, but can plan on making this on a regular basis. The only thing I changed was the tomato-I could not find fresh tomatoes that were worth buying so I used a small can of whole tomatoes with juice. I also liked the fact that I could slide some Lentils past my DH! Excellent recipe! Di

Dib's February 10, 2002

This is delicious and easy to make. Instead of the fresh tomatoes, I used a 16-oz can of 'recipe-cut' tomatoes. I can't see any point in cooking fresh tomatoes that long -- they're going to be just like canned tomatoes after all that time. I used a scant 1/4 CUP of canola margerine rather than the 1/4 LB of butter, and it was certainly rich enough. Butter IS good with split-pea soup, tho. A person who's not worried about cholesterol might want to add a spoonful to a serving made with minimal margerine.

ccferne April 01, 2002

This was quite delicious and easy, too. I think I'll reduce the butter next time -- don't get me wrong -- it was utterly delicious -- I just think I could get by with a little less butter and it taste just as good! Thanks!

jckamen March 06, 2003