Split Pea and Turkey Kielbasa Soup

Split pea soup, in all of its thick, green glory is delicious.  It’s comforting, nutritious, easy and cheap to make.

But let’s get real.  It can look a little…well, gross.  The color and texture can be a little off-putting.

Not to mention, have you ever tried to photograph it and make it look gorgeous?  It’s tough.  Real tough.  Soup is hard enough to photograph and make look tasty, but split pea soup, my friends, is nearly impossible.

My mom’s split pea soup always looks good to me, though.  She used to make this for us growing up, and I would pick out all of the slices of kielbasa and eat them first.

Speaking of kielbasa, I love, love adding it to soups.  It’s already cooked, so you can just add it in at the end, and it adds a ton of flavor without much effort or thought.

If you’ve forgotten about split peas or disliked them in the past, give this soup a try.  Look past its chunky green exterior and enjoy all that it has to offer.  It’s easier (and tastier) than you think.

Split Pea and Turkey Kielbasa Soup

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 small or 1/2 large onion, diced
2 cups split peas, rinsed and picked through for stones
6 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 package smoked turkey kielbasa, cut into 1 inch pieces
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Add olive oil to a dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add onions and saute until just soft.

Add split peas, chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper.  Bring just to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir in carrots, celery and potatoes.  Cover and simmer 30 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in kielbasa and lemon juice.  Taste and add more salt and pepper, as needed.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping.


Notes: If you can’t find turkey kielbasa, you can substitute other types of kielbasa or chopped cooked ham.

To keep this soup vegetarian, sub vegetable broth for the chicken broth and leave out the kielbasa.  It’s just as delicious!


Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 2


  1. Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    Yes, split pea is probably the least glamorous of soups out there but you did a pretty damn good job photographing it. Ah the turkey kielbasa, takes me back to my college days where quick & easy were key. Nice add in!

  2. Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM | Permalink

    Gotta say this is the best looking split pea soup I’ve ever seen photographed! Well done. Love the idea of adding Kielbasa…will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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