Split Pea Soup with Crunchy Croutons

By Judi Bushala | December 14, 2020
Serves 5-6
Split pea soup was always a favorite at my house growing up. My mom would make it a couple of times throughout the year, usually in the winter or after certain holidays. It always made the house smell so good and we really looked forward to a big bowl of delicious and creamy split pea soup.


Crunchy Croutons 1 large yellow onion, diced
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 pound dried split green peas, checked for stones, rinsed and drained
5 cups water, more for sautéing
3 medium bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
6 turns freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the onions with a splash of water. Cook while stirring for 6-7 minutes until the onions have softened and have become translucent. Add the carrots and a few splashes of water and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water if anything is sticking.

  2. Add split green peas, 4 cups of the water, bay leaves, sea salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, then simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the peas are broken down. This will take about 1 ½ hours.

  3. Peas absorb a lot of water, so add the remaining 1 cup of water as they are breaking down to thin the soup. Add water a little at a time to get the soup to the thickness you like. (I like mine a bit thick).

For the Crunchy Croutons:


6 pieces 100% whole grain bread, or sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel, cut into crouton-sized chunks
1 sprinkle granulated onion
1 sprinkle granulated garlic
1 sprinkle sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Place the bread chunks in a large bowl and add a few shakes of onion, garlic and sea salt.

  3. Place on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven (or toaster oven) for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy, flipping the croutons occasionally so they toast on both sides.

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