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Sawyer’s Yellow Split Pea Soup

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  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Yellow Split Peas
  • 1/4 pound seasoning meat or ham, chopped
  • 6 cups water (or substitute with broth, stock or milk)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery tops, chopped
  • 1 toe garlic, chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Total time:
2 hours, 15 minutes
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
2 hours


  1. Rinse and sort peas.
  2. Cover peas with water, add meat, vegetables and seasonings. Simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours until tender.
  3. Add water as necessary to desired consistency.
  4. To make it creamier, scoop some cooked peas and pass through sieve or blender, then return to soup.

Serving Suggestions

  1. For a richer soup, use milk instead of water to adjust consistency.
  2. For a creamy sauce, replace water with milk and use as a topping on fresh vegetables such as yellow squash, green beans, or asparagus.
  3. To thicken consistency of soup or sauce, add bread crumbs and/or grated sharp cheddar cheese.