German Split Pea Soup

German Split Pea Soup

shared by Jennifer in Soup, German

German Split Pea Soup

shared by Jennifer


  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Novice
  • Serves: 6 people


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, minced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and minced
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and minced*
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. green split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large smoked ham hock or smoked turkey leg
  • Freshly, ground pepper to taste


Put the oil and bacon into a 6 qt. pot and cook over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

Add onion, celery, carrots, and celery root, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring for 3 minutes.

Add parsley, thyme and bay leaves to the pot along with the peas, ham hock (I used the turkey leg because it's a more milder smokey flavor) and 8 cups water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer, covered, until peas are very tender, about 1 hour. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Add turkey meat if desired. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with reserved bacon.


If you cannot find celery root or don't care to use it, substitute, potatoes, or turnips!

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