Sour Cream, Bacon, and Split Pea Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Paula Deen

Top Review by WhatamIgonnaeatnext

The recipe is awesome. I didn't use bay leaves and I had to use dried thyme. Next time I'll be sure to have fresh. We all enjoyed it very much. Thanks so much for posting this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon over med-high heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate, then crumble it up.
  3. Add the onion, celery, and garlic to the pot.
  4. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste until blended inches.
  6. Stir in the split peas, 8 cups water, the salt, thyme, and bay leaf.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until the peas have completely fallen apart and the soup thickens, 1 1/2-2 hours.
  9. Keep an eye on the soup and add more water if the soup thickens too much while cooking.
  10. Discard the bay leaf and season the soup with black pepper.
  11. Serve the soup topped with the crumbled bacon, a hearty dollop of sour cream, and a pretty sprinkling of parsley.

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