Smokey Split Pea Soup

by JoSele Swopes
(Albuquerque, NM, USA)

Smokey Split Pea Soup

Smokey Split Pea Soup

I grew up eating Split Pea my whole life and it is one of my favorite soups, my children love it too. I raised my children the same way I was raised you learn to eat what is put in front of you and you will never go hungry. This is what I call an accidental recipe, was making split pea soup one night and had some blue cheese in the fridge and thought I would add it to the soup just wondering what kind of flavor it would add to the soup...It was quite amazing and have been doing it ever since. Everyone has told me I ought to bottle it and sell it. The aroma is to die for.

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 30 Min
Cook Time: 50 Min


  • 2 pkg split green peas (1 lb pkg)
  • 1/2 c green onions (bottom chopped)
  • 1/2 c green onion tops (chopped set aside)
  • 1 c carrot, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary sprigs
  • 1 pinch marjoram, dried
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp thyme, leaves
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes (knorr)
  • 1 pt heavy cream
  • 1 c evaporated milk
  • 5 oz blue cheese (dana blu crumbles)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 12 oz salt pork (sliced and cubed fine)
  • 16 c water


Sort and wash your split peas put into pressure cooker or you may wish to start cooking them in the morning as an all day project (you may do that if you wish I do it that way also)

Cut up your Salt pork into small pieces and put into pot. Chop bottom of green onion and put into put chop up green onion tops and set aside. Add carrots, rosemary, marjoram, cumin, thyme, garlic, pepper, and Chicken Broth Boullion Cubes (Knorr) to the pot. Pour in Water stir secure lid turn heat to med/high...Cook under pressure for 30-40 min.

Return pot to stove turn burner to med. pour in milk stir constantly, then pour in heavy cream, stiring constantly, crumble in bleu cheese all around in the pot stiring as you go. turn heat down let simmer for 20 min at the last 5 min add in the lemon juice and the onion tops and serve.

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Blue Cheese?
by: Anonymous

I simply could not imagine adding blue cheese to split pea soup. I couldn't even imagine thinking it would fit!!!

If you think like I thought, then why not take a bowl or two of soup out of the pot BEFORE it's finished, put it into another pot and add some blue cheese to it. That way you can try if you like it.

I never like to "spoil" a whole pot of something in order to try something new. I think you might just like this addition. Especially if you're a blue cheese nut like me :)

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