Great soup. The only changes I made is, I used ground chicken and the meetballs have been baked in the oven, so there is less fat.
I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home, too - but decided to look it up here on Zaar before actually making it - good move! After I read Chia's review, I made a few adjustments and it turned out pretty darn good. I cooked the split peas with onions first and them mashed for that thick texture. I also added garlic to the meatballs and a bit more spices as Chia suggested. The broth was thick and tasty and yes, the meatballs were delicious. Made in this way, the soup is a hearty main dish meal. Thanks for posting!
i really loved the concept of adding meatballs to split pea soup. growing up my dad always added extra large hot dogs (specials in all the nyc deli's ) to his . i found this soup itself to be a bit lacking in flavor as well as texture, but it's probably because we love a thick soup here. there were no spices indicated , but i did add fresh thyme and tarragon, fresh ground pepper and sea salt. it could have used more spice and been a bit thicker for us. (in retrospect i always puree my split pea soups, which thickens them) the meatballs were delicious.