Easy Peasy Split Pea Chowder!

It’s starting to get a little chilly around here on the Mid-Atlantic Coast…at least for me…and I find myself wanting to make and eat more soups and stews. Today, I decided to go for an old stand by and use up some of the vegetables from my CSA farm share.  The carrots, onions and potatoes for this recipe all came from last week’s haul.

This recipe is modified from one from a used 1984 edition of the Vegetarian Times Cookbook I picked up years ago. I usually double the recipe so Mr. Indie Fixx and I can eat on it for a couple of days or I can freeze some for later.


Split Pea Chowder

  • 4 cups of broth
  • 2 cups of dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of dried basil
  • A little splash of tamari sauce (optional)
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a big soup pot, except the basil, tamari and pepper.
  2.  Cook until everything is soft and the potato has broken up to create a nice thick chowder consistency.
  3. Add the basil, tamari and pepper. Great served with a big hunk of whole grain bread to dip in the chowder.


  1. Made this tonight, admittedly I thought that without a big ol’ ham-bone it’d be missing something, but it turned out amazing. Thanks!

  2. I made this today. It really is delicious! I was stupid enough to put a lid on it and walk away though, and even at a low temp it boiled over, so just be careful 🙂

  3. This looks wonderful! Do you have an estimate of how much 2 cups of dried peas weigh? I’m in the UK, and we use weight, rather than volume – I’ve never been able to convert one to the other successfully.

  4. Can you give an estimate as to how long step 2 would take? How long does it take to cook peas? I have no idea!

  5. Oh, I wish hubby liked peas! This looks wonderfully warm and comfy. Now, where can I send him for a few days so I can enjoy some of this???

  6. This sounds delicious. We’re still pretty hot here, So. Cal., but I’ll save this for a month or so, to try. Thanks.

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