This split pea soup recipe is easy to prepare. Just throw the ingredients in the crock pot or slow cooker.   Serve it up with some cornbread muffins for a meal your family will enjoy.

1 cup dried split peas
4 cups water
2/3 cup onion, chopped
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 (13 ounce) package beef smoked sausage, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Wash peas, drain and add to crock pot along with the other ingredients. (Can sprinkle cheese over soup once cooked in the bowls or add to the crock pot).   Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours until potatoes are done.  Makes about 2 quarts of soup.  Enjoy!
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  1. I use this same recipe for split pea soup as this, but most the time I use ham chucks, but when I do use the sausage I quick cook it first to get some of the grease out of the sausage that way it doesn’t leave a layer of oil on top of my soup. Also I have cooked the sausage then drained the oil off the pan then added 2/3 of the water I was going to put in the crockpot and add it to the pan I cooked the sausage in and bring it to a boil to get all the caramelized meat juices off the bottom of the pan and add that to my soup as well, kind of gives that extra flavor.

  2. I always add the milk a few moments before serving and never have a problem with curdling. Hope this helps.

  3. karen hamilton says:

    i will be making this soon! i have a question about the picture you have that is for the soup and salad on the right side of the page… looks like pinto beans(soup) with either dumpling or potatoes?? can you verify?? my mouth is watering for it! lol! thanks!

  4. This looks delicious and I love split pea soup. Quick question, which type of potato do you think would work better?

  5. Wondering if Ham would be a good replacement for the beef sausage? I would love to make this.

  6. Sandy Whitehead says:

    Miss Judy, I must have missed something. I am cooking this right now and the milk has curdled. (I have not added cheese yet). Should I have waited to add the milk, too?


    • Are you making this in the crockpot? I can’t understand why it would curdle???

      • Sandy Whitehead says:

        I promise! I am! I went to the store for fresh ingredients when you posted this recipe just so’s I could make it! Boo,hoo! (I am cooking it on high; I will try it again and use low next time. Maybe my pot is too strong!)

      • Sandy, I cooked mine on high, too, but did not have any problems. I have never had milk to curdle in a crockpot. You might try whisking it with a whisk to see if you can get it to blend into the soup. I am sorry it happened to you.

  7. I always love big chunks of meat and potatoes!

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