Hickory Smoke Split Pea Soup

Recipe by Lindas Kitch
READY IN: 2hrs


  • 1
    (1 lb) package dried split peas
  • 8
    cups water
  • 1
    medium onion, diced fairly small
  • 1
    medium green bell pepper (dice slightly larger than 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch square. )
  • 2
    large potatoes, washed, peeled and diced 3/4-inch by 3/4-inch square (I use Yukon Gold or Golden Potatoes and because of the thin skin I don't peel them. I fill my soup p)
  • 4
    celery ribs (Also include celery leaves from the entire package of celery. Cut off leaves with a knife and chop. )
  • 2
    cups carrots (dice slightly larger than 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch square. I use fresh, long carrots. Peel carrots, if d)
  • 2
  • 18
    teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2
    garlic cloves, peeled and minced (fresh)
  • 1
    bay leaf (I use 2 bay leaves-remove sharp stem ends and leaf tips!)
  • 1
    (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, cut into small cubes with stainless steel kitchen shears (RESERVE THE TOMATO JUICE)
  • 1
    teaspoon liquid smoke (grocery item)


  • NOTE: The split peas will take 1 hour to soak before they can be used in the making of this soup (see below). There is also some time involved in preparing the vegetables. When the peas have soaked and the vegetables have been prepared, the soup will take 1 hour to cook.
  • Fill a medium soup pot with 8 cups of water.
  • Add the dried split peas.
  • Bring the water to a gentle boil; boil the peas for 2 minutes. Cover the pot with a lid and remove it from the heat source for 1 hour.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the soup pot, EXCEPT for the TOMATOES, THE RESERVED TOMATO JUICE AND THE LIQUID SMOKE.
  • Bring the soup to a boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes or so, or until the peas are tender.
  • Add the tomatoes, the tomato juice, and liquid smoke. Cover the pot with a lid and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes. Salt to taste. The soup/stew may be served with saltine soda crackers.