Smokey Yellow Split Pea Soup: Seasonal Chef Recipe


This smokey yellow split pea soup get’s its amazing flavor from a spice blend made by Spice Revolution in Dobbs Ferry. A perfect blend for a chilly day. Click this link: to read more about split peas from Seasonal Chef.

Smokey Yellow Split Pea Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Warming spices like smoked paprika and cayenne hit the mark with this hearty yellow split peas soup. Perfect for a cold winter day!


  • 1/2 cup celery, 1/4" dice, about 2 stalks
  • 1 cup carrot, 1/4" dice, about 2
  • 1 cup red onion, 1/4" dice, 1 small
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, I used Spice Revolution
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • Chives, garnish


  1. Place the celery, carrot, onion and olive oil in a small stock pot. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables get soft and take on a little color.
  2. Add the smoked paprika and cayenne and cook for 30 seconds. Raise the that slightly and add the water and yellow split peas and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the split peas are soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and take the pot off the heat. Mix in the mint and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. With your immersion blender puree 1/3 of the soup contents, leaving most of it still whole. Stir the partially pureed mix with the chunky part. Tasted for seasoning and add salt additional spices as desired.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).


  1. y and it is outstanding. Easy to make. Great flavored, although I did not have the mint. Will buy some to make the next time. A definite add on to my recipe collection. Thanks Maria ! on

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