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Split Pea and Potato Soup


Tender chunks of potato make thick pea soup even heartier. This meal is guaranteed to warm kids up on cold winter days.

  • Yield: Makes 3 3/4 Quarts

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Winter


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 medium carrots (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 stalks celery, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 pound green split peas, rinsed and picked through
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. Melt butter in a 6-quart pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in split peas, chicken stock, and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

  2. Add potatoes, and simmer until they are tender, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

If not serving soup immediately, let it cool completely, and then store it in airtight containers. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days and in the freezer for up to one month.

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