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Split Pea Soup with Canadian Bacon

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
25 min
1 hr 15 min
This classic is a rich and creamy soup full or smoky flavour from the Canadian bacon and tons of vegetables. Easy to prepare in just over an hour, the aromas of bacon and rosemary will tantalize family and friends as they fill your home. Great for a cold night, this filling soup can be a main for dinner or lunch with a cool and crunchy green side salad. Add some crusty bread for an even heartier meal. Serve in smaller portions for a tasty starter soup. Leftovers make for a great meal another day and freeze well. Try thyme in place of the rosemary for a simple variation.


Olive oil

1 tbsp(s), extra virgin


3 stalk(s), medium, chopped


3 medium, chopped

Uncooked leek

2 medium, white and light green sections, chopped


1 medium, chopped

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)


2 clove(s), large, minced

Uncooked Canadian bacon

6 oz, diced

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

64 oz

Dry split peas

1 pound(s), rinsed and sorted (about 560ml [2 1/4 cups])

Bay leaf

1 leaf/leaves


1 tsp(s), chopped

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s), freshly ground


  1. In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots, leeks, onion and salt; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and bacon; cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute.
  3. Add broth, peas, bay leaf, rosemary and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until split peas are softened and soup has thickened, about 1 hour. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  4. Yields about 310ml (1 1/4 cups) per serving.


If time is an issue, use a food processor to coarsely chop the vegetables. Just pulse a few times until no large pieces remain.