Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill

PUBLISHED ON: 12.29.2009

I have been feasting since Thanksgiving. I am feeling stuffed! I need to put away the sweet treats and large meals for awhile. This split pea soup provided me with a healthy and hearty soup to enjoy on a cold day without leaving me with a feeling of over indulgence.
This soup also gets a double hit of color and flavor from both the split peas and frozen peas. The bay leaf isn’t discarded in this recipe; it gets pureed along with the soup.

Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill
Serves 4-6

Ham bone (leftover from Thanksgiving)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1-2 carrots chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup dried green split peas, rinsed
5-6 cups vegetable broth, divided
1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
5 tablespoons chopped dill, divided
Heat oil in a heavy large pan over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrots and bay leaf. Saute until the leek wilts, about 3-4 minutes. Add split peas and stir to coat. Add the ham bone (optional) Add the 5 cups vegetable broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until split peas are just tender, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat.
Transfer 1 cup soup solids, bay leaf and remaining broth to blender. Add petite peas and 4 tablespoons dill. Puree until smooth. Return puree to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with remaining dill.
  • Healthy food! Hip Hip Hooray! I was online researching some ideas for low calorie/low fat foods and this one sounds so tasty. I've never had split pea soup but I am going to give it a try…minus the ham bone. How are your nerves after all this Urban Meyer hokey pokey back and forth \”stuff\” going on?? (don't worry, I will spare you the 94840934802834243984 Bama jokes I could insert here) 🙂

  • I am right there with you chica! I needed a serious detox after all the christmas food. I love all of the green in this. Sounds delicious.

  • It looks absolutely delicious and I love the bowl you served it in! I never knew you could blend up a bay leaf and eat it, pretty cool!!

  • Oh Velva, I also made this soup, but I slipped lentils, carrots, pearl onions in it. Hubby does not like pureed soups, so mine was chunky and too ugly for a blog post, lol!Yours looks divine, and your right eating soup is the best medicine after eating too much, or eating too little from the stupid flu like I had…Just call us the southern green team…

  • Looks lovely….and reminds me of the equally green Dutch Ertwensoep! Perfect for this season, which makes me want to curl up on the sofa, soup in mug, mug in hand….drinking and watching TV. How blessed we are.Lots of love XXX

  • Oh how I long for that soup now. As colds and sore throats sweep this family – we all crave soup. On my \”to do list.\” So satisying.

  • This is beautiful. I agree with you, I'm in a sort of a detox this week, fruit smoothies for lunch, lots of greens and lean meats for dinner. I've even frozen my hambone. I will be saving this recipe for later and that unthawed bone. I love that dish by the way.

  • I am in soup mode right now, too. They can be healthy and low in fat. Much easier to monitor the serving sizes, too. This one looks good.

  • Hey Velva..I am a recent convert to Dill..and this is yet another amazing dish to try out. By the look of it…it seems fantastic.

  • It sounds delicious, but i am so very impressed with your magazine quality presentation photo

  • Tried to get the ham bone at my sister's house- she was on to me!

  • I love split pea soup when other people make it but Alexis and I didn't like it the two or three times we made it. I never get the consistency or flavor right.

  • I love soups, especially for dinner..you know there's a saying which says (sorry for the game of words!): \”Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper\”..and I try to follow this pattern, in my opinion it makes a lot of sense..and your split pea soup just looks wonderful for dinner!I enjoy cooking different types of soups as well.Annalisa

  • lovely soup , i am sure it is yummy with dill..a traditional peas soup from the north of India you can find on my blog too..

  • Oh yum! This is one of my favorite soups and I never thought of adding fresh dill. PERFECTION! 🙂

  • Ooh Yummy! Hope you have a very Happy & Blessed New Year!

  • What a comforting & ooh so greeny lovely festive soup, Velva!!Excellent!!

  • Absolutely looking for something NOT sweet and calorie laden. I haven't had pea soup in AGES and this has a lot of appeal. Love the bright green color; I'm thinking the addition of leeks is excellent!

  • I use my leftover ham bone for the very same thing, love the dill addition!

  • This is one of my favorite soups!!!!Yours sounds delicious!Happy new year.

  • Love this recipe! I just bought a bone-in ham the other day just so I could make split pea soup. I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks!

  • Mr. Mimi has been begging for split pea soup with our Christmas ham bone. This looks like just the ticket.Velva, have a Happy New Year.Mimi

  • I am so glad we are all getting back to healthier food, I have had enough of sweets and treats for awhile. (and so has my waist)The soup you made looks delcious and perfect for the leftover ham in the fridge!

  • Soup is my comfort food! And I'm about to hit the post holiday blues so this recipe will hit the spot!

  • I've really been craving soup lately and I love split pea. Yours looks just perfect. I shall simply have to try it! Wonderful blog you have, by the way! 🙂 Jane

  • Yum! Perfect to serve right now.

  • Can imagine the heavy pea flavour in that soup! yumm… Btw, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & your love ones! Hope you've a blessful & prosperous new year Cheers.Best wishes, Kristy

  • This would be so comforting on this very rainy and day. Wishing you a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • This looks like a wonderful soup and it would warm me up, too! Thank you for visiting my blog today. I enjoyed touring yours!

  • Oh I know what you mean, I really need to eat some of this and stop with the hearty meals….though I just love the look of your chicken stew with biscuits!Thanks for your gorgeous comment and Happy New Year!xxx

  • This looks delicious!! I never figured out the deal with bay leaves — we have always fished them out and threw them away after cooking, thinking they were poisonous (?) but my brother in law always ate them, and they didn't seem to do him any harm.

  • what a brilliantly-flavored and vibrantly-colored soup! i don't understand why people cringe when split pea soup is mentioned–it's usually a delicious creation, and yours would be outstanding!happy new year, velva!

  • LOVE how your soup is not pureed and you can still see chunks of vegetables inside. That's how my mom makes hers.My favorite way to eat split pea soup is with home-made croutons.Happy new year.

  • love pea soup! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New year and wishing you & your family all the best for the coming year.

  • Your soup looks so tasty. I love that it is made with leeks and fresh dill!

  • I've been wanting to make split pea soup. This looks like a great recipe!

  • Delicious soup! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  • I just happen to have a ham bone in the freezer! Looks fabulous and I can't wait to try it. Love the dill, too!

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