Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa

Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa

Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa

I was in the mood for a stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup last week, and set out on a quest for something to fulfill my craving. After combing through piles of books and magazines, I settled on this one-pot meal that I found stashed in my own recipe box from a number of years ago. I really don’t know where I got the recipe from, but it’s a good one! It’s chock full of ham, bacon and kielbasa (a spicy Polish sausage). This is a real meat-lovers’ soup for sure, and believe me, it will stick to your ribs. I love the smoky undertones of the pork hocks and the garlicky punch of the kielbasa. All of these more intense flavours are balanced by the creamy green peas and fresh herbs. Add a thick slab of your favourite bread and you have a super-hearty meal, sure to ward off the chill of the winter season.

I’m bringing a big pot of my pea soup over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday tomorrow. I know that winter is being particularly nasty to many of my blogging buddies this year. Maybe one of them will find some solace by tucking into a piping hot bowl of this yummy soup. If you haven’t joined us yet at Fiesta Friday, please do at The Novice Gardener. I know you will be thrilled, and will probably want to visit each week, like so many of us do. Hope to see you there!

Now this is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup!

Now this is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup!

Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa


1 pound (2 ¼ cups) dried split green peas

1 large, or 2 small smoked pork hocks

2 stalks celery, diced

2 medium onions, diced

2 carrots, diced

4 green onions, chopped

2 sprigs parsley, chopped

2 ½ quarts chicken stock

¼ pound bacon, diced

1/8 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 link of kielbasa (about ¾ pounds)

optional: croutons


Rinse the peas in a colander. Place in a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Soak overnight.

Drain the peas. Wipe the ham hock down with paper towels. Put the peas and the ham hocks in the soup pot and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 45 minutes.

Place the bacon in a large skillet and fry until crisp. Remove from the skillet and allow to drain on paper towels. Remove all of the bacon fat except for 1½ tablespoons.

Place the onions, celery, carrots and green onion in the skillet and sauté until the vegetables become just tender.

Add the vegetables, parsley, rosemary and bay leaf to the soup pot containing the peas. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 2 hours, until the ham hocks are fork tender. Remove from the heat.

Remove the ham hocks from the soup and place on a working surface. Remove the skin and bones and shred the ham. With a large spoon, scoop the fat from the top of the soup.

Chop the kielbasa into about 6 pieces and add to the soup, with the shredded ham and the bacon. Bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for about 30 – 40 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt if necessary.

To serve, remove the kielbasa from the soup and slice thinly. Place the soup in bowls and top with kielbasa slices and croutons if desired.

The meat lovers in your family will jump for joy!

The meat lovers in your family will jump for joy!


31 Responses to “Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa”

  1. shenANNAgans

    Oooh, love how meaty your pea soup is and the fact it is a one pot recipe. Looks delicious. 🙂 Hope it goes down a treat at your dinner party.

  2. Jhuls

    This is so perfect for the cold weather. I heard about those nasty news about the snow and the winter. I hope everyone is okay. Happy FF, Chef Julianna. ❤

  3. Hilda

    I love that you have a good mixture of meat – including pork hocks. Super nutritious and super yum.

    • chefjulianna

      Haha, I thought you would like this one, Mr. Fitz! I think you can shortcut it by not soaking and just cooking the peas longer. I have done that before.

  4. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Ahh.. My lovely Julianna… Split pea soup with kielbasa… Brilliant. I just made it last week, but with ham… And as i was eating the soup, i was thinking how boring it was. I believe you just put the excitement back in.. I will be trying this very soon!! ❤️

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Prudy! I’m glad you think this is exciting! 🙂 I was thinking that the photos looked a bit boring even thought it tastes awesome! Thanks so much for the encouragement! 😀

  5. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook

    Yeah…. this couldn’t really look any better. Not only is it soup season, which makes this even better, but I would eat this in the blazing hot sun and LOVE it- pea soup is SOOOO good and you clearly know what you’re doing. I make mine with ham… never tried Kielbasa but the polish in me says that sounds PERFECT!

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm! I eat soup all year round too and have to say that Kielbasa is going to find its way into a few more of my soups very soon! 😀

  6. Loretta

    Wonderful soup Juliana, we all love pea soup don’t we? I’ve used a smoked ham bone in the past, and I’m sure the hocks together with the kielbasa gave it a real good boost didn’t it? Can’t get enough soup on these cold days, thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  7. Nancy

    I have homemade kielbasa waiting to be used in the freezer and this soup appears to be what I was waiting for… looks fabulous… sounds delicious… and I think it would be the perfect remedy to combat Mother Nature! Love it, Julianna!

    • chefjulianna

      Oh wow! Homemade Kielbasa?? Thanks sounds so awesome! I have to get my hands on some of that the next time I make this soup! So glad you like this Nancy! 😀

  8. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    Split Pea Soup is on my list to make this winter. I make a non-meat version, but since I have some kielbasa in the freezer I need to try your version. Ham hocks I don’t have but I bet it would still be good as kielbasa is spicy. Thanks for bringing a great soup to Fiesta Friday. See you next week for the big celebration 🙂

  9. thebrookcook

    I have put canadian bacon in my otherwise vegetarian split pea soup in the past. We decided that it didn’t impart much flavor to the dish so lately I have kept it just vegetarian. I think I was missing kielbasa!! My husband would love it. Great idea!! 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      I totally get that! I have tried the same thing and the peas and broth just seem to wash the flavour of the bacon away. Next time try the Kielbasa and the smoked hocks and I think you will see the difference ! 😀

  10. skd

    This is a very heart warming soup Chef. I was wondering if I could substitute pork with some other meat, as I don’t eat pork.


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