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Split Pea & Skinless Polska Kielbasa Soup Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2013
Split Pea & Skinless Polka Kielbasa Soup
Split Pea & Skinless Polka Kielbasa Soup | Source

What Are Split Peas?

Split peas are fully-mature dried peapods from the legume family that "split" naturally once the skins are removed. Scientifically, they are known as Pisum sativum.

Most people associate dried split peas with being green in color. But they are also available in a yellow color that is a bit more delicate in flavor than the green.

Do you know this nursery rhyme?

"Pease porridge hot,

Pease porridge cold,

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old."

This well-known nursery rhyme dates back to 1765. Pease is an archaic form of the word peas.

How Long Have Split Peas Been Around?

Research shows that fossilized remains of consumed dried peas date back to prehistoric times. In addition, peas were said to be prized by ancient civilizations and also mentioned in the Bible.

The largest commercial producers of dried peas today are China, Denmark, France and Russia.

The Many Health Benefits of Dried Split Peas

Even if you think you do not like split peas, take a look at all the health benefits they provide.

Dried peas are packed with fiber and therefore, help lower cholesterol. One cup of cooked dried peas provides over 65% of the daily value for fiber.

The high fiber content stabilizes and prevents blood sugar levels from rapidly rising. If you are diabetic, hypoglycemic or insulin resistant, legumes such as dried peas will help you steadily burn energy while balancing your blood sugar.

Dried peas are a great source of potassium which can help lower high blood pressure and also decrease the development of vessel plaque.

In addition to also being a great source of protein, dried peas are fat free and rated “excellent” as a source of molybdenum. Plus they are a good source of manganese, folate, vitamin B1, phosphorus and isoflavones.

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Now that you have read about all the great health benefits of dry peas, let's get started with the recipe.

Cook Time for Split Pea & Kielbasa Soup

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 6-8 generous servings

Ingredients for Split Pea & Kielbasa Soup

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound (16 oz. bag) dried split peas, green or yellow
  • 2 packages (14 oz. each) Eckrich Skinless Polska Kielbasa, NOTE: I like a lot of kielbasa in my soup. You can use only one package of Kielbasa if you wish.
  • 1 medium onion diced - about 3/4 cup
  • 2 medium carrots diced - about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 medium celery stalks diced - about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Instructions for Split Pea & Kielbasa Soup

  1. In a soup pot, heat water and peas to boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Cover and let stand for about 1/2 hour.
  2. Stir in diced kielbasa, onion, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling again. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about another 1/2 hour occasionally stirring so peas do not stick to bottom of pan.
  3. Stir in diced carrots and celery. Heat to boiling again. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer about 45 minutes occasionally stirring until vegetables are tender.
  4. FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Split peas do not need to be soaked ahead of time like other whole peas and legumes.

Split Pea & Kielbasa Soup Photos

Below are photos that will guide you through this extremely easy and delicious recipe.

Step 1:  Water and split peas.
Step 1: Water and split peas. | Source
Check out the other Eckrich "skinless" options below.
Check out the other Eckrich "skinless" options below. | Source
Step 2: Kielbasa, onions, salt and pepper.
Step 2: Kielbasa, onions, salt and pepper. | Source
Step 3:  Carrots and celery.
Step 3: Carrots and celery. | Source
Simple and delicious!
Simple and delicious! | Source

Other Eckrich Products to Substitute in This Soup

I really like using the skinless kielbasa in this recipe. You may prefer to use sausage instead which would also taste wonderful.

Check out the variety of choices from Eckrich to choose from that are all available in a "skinless" version.

Polska Kielbasi (author's preferred flavor)
Original Smoked Sausage
Smoked Sausage (low sodium)
Beef Smoked Sausage
Cheddar Smoked Sausage
Bacon & Cheddar Smoked Sausage
4 Pepper Smoked Sausage
Jalepeno & Cheddar Smoked Sausage
Angus Beef Smoked Sausage
Mesquite Beef Smoked Sausage
Turkey Smoked Sausage
List compiled by Sharyn's Slant

Concerns About Dried Peas and Purines

Dried peas contain purines, naturally occurring substances commonly found in plants, humans and animals. As purines break down, they form uric acid. Some people are sensitive to excess accumulation of uric acid causing painful conditions such as gout or kidney stones. In this case, individuals with these health issues may wish to limit their intake of dried peas.

5 stars from 6 ratings of Split Pea & Skinless Polska Kielbasa Soup

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this easy and inexpensive recipe for one of my favorite soups.

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kenneth,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I did receive your email messages as well. I wish I had more time to write (and read) currently but there are never enough hours in the day. I hope you try making this soup one day. It truly is awesome and so hearty, it is definitely a meal in itself. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer so far. Take care,

      Sharyn

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sharyn , (your fan mail app was not working, so I am sending you My Personal Note of Thanks for Following me below)

      And I loved this hub. I am famished right now. Voted up and away.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi back atcha Kathryn! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am thrilled to hear you are making it again. It truly is one of my favorite soups. It's definitely a meal in a pot and great anytime of year. Your boyfriend must really love it since he bought "bags and bags of split peas" and it only takes one bag per recipe, ha. Thanks for your fun feedback!

      Sharyn

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I'm back for more, and I wanted to say hi. This time I am sharing this. My boyfriend and I love this recipe so much that I'm making it again, and he just bought bags and bags of split peas. When he stocks up on certain things, I know what he wants!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathryn ~ so glad you are safe and warm. We were on the edge of the storm here in Northeast Ohio. Lots of wind and only about an inch of snow Friday morning.

      And I'm really happy that you tried this soup recipe and enjoyed it. I bet it was perfect for a stormy winter night. Thank you SO much for following up with your great feedback. Take care,

      Sharyn

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, the soup was so good! We have canned soup that is pretty good, but the homemade stuff is spectacular, and I love it with the kielbasa in it! My boyfriend liked it a lot, too. It was perfect for supper last night, with the storm going on.

      As for the storm, it went ok. We didn't lose power, fortunately (I think around 900,000 people did in the Northeast, though!), so it was enjoyable for us. Boston got around 22 inches of snow, although it was very windy much of the time, so it wasn't obvious how deep it was. Western Mass and Connecticut got hit more than we did, which was opposite of what the forecast was saying.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathryn ~ I know that big snowstorm is really bad where you live. I hope you are okay and also didn't lose power. Please let me know how you like the soup when you get a chance. Stay safe!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Glimmer ~ COOL! I really hope your parents love it. Thanks for your compliments. Please let me know what they think.

      Sharyn

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I bought the kielbasa today while I was shopping for the storm. I want to make that soup tomorrow, or over the weekend. As long as we don't lose power. Mmmm, I can almost taste it now!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      My father will be thanking you for this in a couple of days. He loves split pea soup and I bring my parents food every week so this will be their treat. I usually make it with a leftover ham bone, but this is much meatier. Up, awesome and pinned. Great recipe and instructions. Thanks.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Marcy ~ I really love split pea soup too! Just so you know, there is no need to use a blender for this recipe. The specific cook times are sufficient for the peas to break down enough without blending. I hope you try this recipe and let me know how you liked it. Thanks for your feedback and votes.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathryn ~ ha, I've often wished there was a "delicious" button too. I'm sure that many kids think split pea soup "looks gross." It's definitely one of those things that you have to close your eyes and try. If you like peas, you are bound to like split pea soup. I'm glad to hear you will try this recipe. Please come back and let us know what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi DDE ~ so glad you like this recipe. I do hope you give it a try. Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love, really LOVE split pea soup! You're making me hungry - I think I need to make some, very soon. It used to be a chore to puree the soup, back when I put it into a blender (had to do it in several rounds). Then I discovered immersion blenders, and life is good now.

      Great recipe!!! Voted up!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I wish they had a "delicious" button, because I would press it.

      When I was younger, I didn't like peas, and always thought split pea soups looked gross. But a few years ago I tried some, and was surprised how good it tasted! I have never tried it with kielbasa in it, but it sounds great! I am going to put this on my list of things to make in the next few weeks!

      Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome idea for a soup and looks delicious, I would have to give this a try for sure, sounds unique.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Eddy ~so glad to hear you added this to your recipe book. Thank YOU!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelly ~ I really appreciate your compliments on my hubs. And I was thrilled to see on Facebook that you already made this soup recipe yesterday and your family really enjoyed it.

      I hope you don't mind but I wanted to tell readers here that you used sausage instead of kielbasi and that you thought it came out great. I have used the Eckrich skinless sausage before too. Makes me happy, thanks for your feedback Kel!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Daven ~ Thank you so much for your kind comments. I always hope that my recipe hubs are clear and easy to follow. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Audrey ~ I did know that you love split pea soup because of Lisa's hub :) Thank you so much for the compliments. And yes, 1 cup of peas is equivalent to the protein of 1 egg. Great protein resource. Thank you so much for stopping by and pinning!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan Z ~ I know you and your family love soup. Do try this, I think you'll really like the skinless kielbasa - instead of bothering with ham and a ham bone. Kelly just made it yesterday for her family and said they really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Carol ~ I think sometimes people are afraid to even try split pea soup because of how it looks. To me, it is one of my favorites. Years ago, when my nieces and nephews were young, I always made sure I bought the yellow split peas. They were more likely to at least try it then. Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing this recipe as well.

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I am making this now:). Can't wait...I'm pairing it with growed up grilled cheese Sammies....I had to come back to check the cook times. Ill let you know how mine comes out!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another for that recipe book.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This sends really delicious. I love split pea soup though I've never had it with kielbasa ..I can tell this is a keeper and I am going to out it on my list.

      I wanted to comment too that your hubs looks so professional - outstanding!

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      David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Very nicely written. The instrustructions clear and the results outstanding!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I LOVE Split pea soup! Your wonderful recipe is going on my "best recipes" list. You've done an outstanding presentation. Oh - do you know that 1 cup of peas is equivalent to 1 egg in protein?

      Ham is another flavorful product to add to this soup. Thanks for compiling the list of Polska Kielbasa. Sharing this and adding it to Pinterest too. Awesome, Sharon!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You know how much I love soup and I make split pea soup all the time but can't wait to make it again to try out your recipe. I've never thought of adding kielbasa to it, which I always have on hand.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Though split pea soup has never been one of my favorites..this looks good enough to try. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing..and I will share and pin...