Smoky Split Pea Soup with Mint

smoky split pea soup with mint
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound smoked turkey sausage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound split peas
  • 4 14 1/2 ounce cans chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Return the pan to the heat, add the onion, carrots and half the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the split peas, chicken broth, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until the peas begin to break down, about 50 minutes.

Using a blender, puree the soup. Return to the saucepan and heat through over medium heat. Stir in the reserved sausage.

In a small bowl, combine three-quarters of the lemon peel with 1/2 cup mint and the remaining garlic. Stir into the soup; season with salt. Ladle into bowls and top each portion with the remaining lemon peel and mint.