Savory bacon, zesty kielbasa, yellow split peas, healthy veggies, and herbs all combine to make this truly delicious Rustic Yellow Pea Soup! Double the recipe while you’re at it because it makes terrific leftovers and the flavor is even better the next day! This rustic yellow pea soup recipe is quick and easy to make and is sure to become a favorite!
Everyone knows about green split peas but the yellow split pea tends to be overlooked. They both have a similar nutritional content and cooking time but green split peas tend to be sweeter while yellow split peas have a more earthy, nutty flavor. While you can use either for this recipe, I like the aesthetics of the yellow in this Rustic Pea Soup.
You can determine how long you want to cook the peas depending on the consistency you want. The range is anywhere from 25-60 minutes depending on whether you want the peas to maintain their shape and the soup is brothy or whether you prefer them broken down for a thicker, creamier consistency.
This soup freezes well and makes great leftovers because the flavor only gets better with time!
Rustic Yellow Pea Soup Recipe
This pea soup is easy to make and takes just a few steps:
- Cook the bacon followed by the sausage. Reserve a few of the sausage slices until it’s time to serve.
- Add the onions and cook until soft and beginning to caramelize, 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, and potatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 25-60 minutes depending on the desired texture of the peas.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a few of the reserved sausage slices.
For another delicious recipe using yellow split peas try these yummy Burmese Yellow Split Pea Fritters!
For more delicious soup recipes be sure to try our:
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- Ham and Bean Soup
- Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Italian Wedding Soup
- German Potato Soup
- Creamy Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- New England Clam Chowder
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Cream of Celery Soup
Rustic Yellow Pea Soup
- 5 slices thick cut bacon or pancetta , diced
- 1/2 pound smoked kielbasa sausage , sliced into rounds
- 1 large yellow onion , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 carrots , peeled and sliced into rounds
- 3 medium waxy yellow potatoes (e.g. Yukon gold) , cubed
- 8 cups quality chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups dried yellow split peas or dried yellow whole peas , rinsed and drained (if using whole peas soak them overnight; split peas do not have to be soaked); can substitute green split peas but I prefer the aesthetics of the yellow in this soup
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (different flavor profile but can substitute oregano)
- Cook the bacon. Add the sausage and fry until starting to brown at the edges. Reserve a few of the sausage slices until it's time to serve.Add the onions and cook until soft and beginning to caramelize, 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, and potatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 25-60 minutes depending on the desired texture of the peas (cook them just until softened if you want the peas to maintain their shape and for a brothy soup; cook them longer if you prefer them broken down for a thicker, creamier consistency). Discard the bay leaves.Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a few of the reserved sausage slices.