Greek Split Pea Soup

Vegetarian split pea soup gets a Greek twist with orzo, oregano and more. It needs just 30 minutes of prep to get it simmering.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

1
bag (16 oz) dried split peas (about 2 1/4 cups)
2
large onions, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
3
medium stalks celery, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
8
cups water
2
medium red or yellow bell peppers, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/3
cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta (about 2 oz)
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)
1/2
cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat peas, onions, celery and water to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until peas are tender.
  • 2 Puree pea mixture with immersion blender. (Or pour about 3 cups mixture into blender. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour into heatproof pitcher or bowl. Repeat with remaining mixture; return to Dutch oven.)
  • 3 Stir in bell peppers, pasta, parsley, salt, oregano and pepper. Cook over medium heat about 15 minutes, stirring frequently so pasta does not stick to pan, or until pasta is tender. Top individual servings with cheese and olives.

Expert Tips

The feta cheese and olives really add to the flavor and seasoning level of this soup, so don’t be tempted to add more salt to the soup until you’ve tried it first.

A fresh fruit salad is a nice choice to serve with this hearty soup.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 1/2 Cups)
Calories
260
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
500mg
500%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
17g
17%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
45%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.