Green Split Pea & Barley Soup

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Ready In:
2hrs 55mins




  • In a large soup pot, combine split peas, carrots, celery and 1 onion with water.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in barley, bay leaf and garlic, if using.
  • Reduce heat and simmer partly covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a nonstick skillet, heat oil.
  • Saute the remaining 2 onions on medium heat until well-browned, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add onions to soup along with dill.
  • Simmer soup 5 to 10 minutes longer.
  • Discard bay leaf.
  • Reheats and/or freezes well.
  • If soup gets thick, add a little water or broth.

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  1. This recipe is simple to prepare and is very tasty! The fresh dill and barley are a very nice touch.
  2. I thought this was a little too heavy on the onions, so next time I will just one instead of three, probably. But otherwise, it was really good and easy. I really like the addition of barley. I used dried dill, because I didn't have fresh, and also a dash of thyme.
  3. Use CAUTION if you are unsure of the dill. I added a little bit under a 1/4 of a cup and thought it was too much. Next time I will use an 1/8 cup. The soup was more like a stew. I may add some sausage next time. I will reduce the barley if I do.
  4. I was on my way to work and didn't have fresh dill so I just added some dried dill to my bowl for work. DH was doing a grocery stop on the way home so hopefully I will get to try this with the fresh dill. My broth was a combo of ham juice, water and chicken bouillon and I added the garlic. I love the barley!!
  5. SOme of the best soup I have EVER HAD! I love pea soup but wanted something different. This was it. I loved the barley and the fresh dill. I added some chopped ham which gave this soup a nice mild smoky flavor. I will make this many times again. Super recipe. THanks so much for sharing!!


  1. ..a good pea was ready after 1 1/2 hrs, so I added the browned onions and used dried dill in place of fresh..also grated my carrots instead of slicing them..I did use garlic..we also added a bit of cooked ham at the end..thanks for the recipe Dancer!



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