Split Pea Soup with Rosemary

I had a marathon cooking session the other Sunday, preparing eight dishes for the family and for the freezer and for fun.  I love doing this, and posting my progress along the way on Facebook.  Great fun, gets followers to come along for the ride, and perhaps inspires a person or two to try it for themselves.  One recipe I made last week captured a bit of attention, and I decided that it needed to be posted here and there so that people could try it for themselves.

So here is a wonderful split pea soup–not the green soup with a piece of smoked ham most people are used to–a different, more aromatic and herbal treat that is just perfect for these fall days when a chill is beginning to show up.

Split Pea Soup with Rosemary


1 ½ cups split peas

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

2 cups chopped onion

1 cup diced carrot

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary, divided

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon soy sauce

6 cups ( 3 cans) vegetable stock

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup fresh parsley

¼ cup low-fat sour cream


1.  Sort and wash peas; cover with water to 2 inches above peas, and set aside.  Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and bay leaf; saute’ 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add 2 teaspoons garlic, 1  teaspoon rosemary, paprika, and pepper; cook 3 minutes.  Add tomato paste and soy sauce; cook until liquid evaporates.

2.  Drain peas and add to pot.  Add stock and salt to onion mixture and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Discard bay leaf.

3.  In batches, place the soup in a blender and process until smooth; then pour the soup into a serving bowl.

4.  Combine remaining oil, garlic, rosemary and parsley; stir into soup.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

About Cheff

Lancaster Eats highlights the best resources our community has to offer. From farmers to markets to vendors to retailers, we highlight those members of our wonderful food community who are striving to improve the presence of the commercial and retail food industry for all the citizens of Lancaster. The food we eat and drink is important to every single one of us, and we believe that everyone is entitled to safe and healthy food and drink. We hope to engage the citizens of our city and county who care about the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We know there are many people in the community who are doing wonderful things that benefit the people of Lancaster, as customers and consumers. We hope you will let us know who they are so that we can learn and inform those who eat and drink. That, as we know, is all of us. We are all in this together. Let's build a community.

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Appetizers, Herb Garden, Herbs and Spices, Soups, Vegetables. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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