5 from 9 votes

Yellow Split Pea and Bacon Soup

This soup is full of flavor and an easy alternative to traditional split pea and ham soup.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword split pea soup, split pea soup with bacon, yellow split pea soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 597 kcal


  • 8 ounces Thick sliced bacon or pancetta chopped
  • 1 large yellow onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sautéing
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 Celery Stalks diced
  • 1 pound dried split yellow peas
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, dry fry the bacon until golden brown (you can add a bit of oil if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan.

  2. If needed, add one-two tablespoons of olive oil, add the onions to the pan and with the garlic until the onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, split peas, chicken stock, smoked paprika, and bay leaf.

  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered (Skimming off any foam that forms foam while cooking) for 1 - 2 hours or until the peas start to break down. Check often and stir frequently to keep the soup from burning on the bottom.

  5. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts
Yellow Split Pea and Bacon Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 757mg 32%
Potassium 1336mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars 13g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 109.7%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 24.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.