Best Split Pea Soup Ever & Terrible Band Names

Jan 23, 2012

So the kids are talking at dinner, each one suggesting names for bands they haven’t created and which I am pretty sure no one wants to join.

Jamie, almost a teenager says, “The Communists.”

Daniel, 10 and still way into Star Wars, suggests, “Luke’s Dilemma.”

Julia, 7, says, “Painted Pony.” When her brothers groaned, she added, “Or maybe Internal Injuries.”

Will, his mouth ringed in split pea soup, had a better suggestion.  “The Testicles.”


The Best Split Pea Soup Ever

Some soups demand a fireside, others require a summer afternoon. This soup defies seasons, and tastes just as delicious in the summer as in the winter. Perfect for dipping into with a hunk of brown bread or satisfying alone. The addition of whole peas and pecorino at the end makes for a satisfying sweet/salty finish.

In heavy-bottomed big pot (I used a Le Creuset that my mother and grandmother had) sauté the following items, all sliced, in a splash of olive oil:

2 leeks (washed and trimmed of much of the green

5 or 6 big carrots (peeled and trimmed)

2 onions

8 cloves garlic (peeled)

5 celery stalks with leaves


1 ½ lbs. rinsed split peas

2 quarts vegetable stock

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp mustard

1 tbp Marmite

2 cups water

Big slug of bad brandy (a slug here means one of those bottles you might get on a plane)

2 bay leaves

Oven to 350. Bring to the boil, stirring a bit as you go. Once boiled, turn flame off. Stir. Put pot into oven for 2 hours with lid cracked. Add one or two additional cups of water as the time goes, stirring as you add. After about 2 hours (could be less or a bit more) blend in food processor or blender, or with hand held. Add bag of frozen peas (thawed briefly) to very hot soup right before serving, serve with shredded Pecorino Romano.


  1. Celia
    January 23, 2012

    That is the most unusual split pea soup recipe I’ve ever read, Emily! Bookmarking the recipe now, thank you! 🙂

  2. Celia
    January 23, 2012

    PS. I quite like Luke’s Dilemma… 🙂