Split Pea & Skinless Polska Kielbasa Soup Recipe
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
Have you ever eaten split pea soup before?
Instructions for Split Pea & Kielbasa Soup
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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