Spring Pea Split Pea Soup

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $2.29
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2 cupsSplit Peas (yellow or green)
1 cupLeek or Onion, roughly chopped
1 cupFennel
6 cupsVegetable or Chicken Stock
1 1/2 tbspOlive Oil
1 tbspSmoked Paprika
2 tbspLemon Juice
1/2 tspSalt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 cupFresh or Frozen Green Peas (blanch 60 seconds if fresh and 3 minutes if frozen)
1/4 cupFresh Mint or Chive
1 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
8 slicesGoat Cheese


  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil.
  2. Add onion and fennel, sauté until soft. About 5 minutes.
  3. Add smoked paprika and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add split peas and cover with stock, bring to a boil, cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Use a hand blender or carefully transfer to a stand blender and blend only partially.
  6. Serve in bowls.
  7. Combine peas, herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Add a little to each bowl of soup with a slice of goat cheese.


  • Do you have trouble keeping portion sizes in check? To help reduce your portion sizes, use smaller plates and bowls.  Soup can also help you eat fewer calories if you are trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain. Choose broth-based soups rich in vegetables and pulses if you are trying to lose weight. Add extra olive oil and avocado if you want to gain weight.         
  • Having ¼ cup of green peas and other legumes daily has been linked to a lower risk of stomach cancer.  This may be due to coumestrol, a compound found in green peas that has antioxidant effects.