This homemade split pea soup with pork is the ultimate comfort food. Rich, flavorful and filling.
I don't know why, but I've been craving comfort food lately. All I want to have is a delicious bowl of homemade soup! This is my mom's Split Pea with Pork Soup (Sopa de Alverjita Seca y Cerdo) recipe, and it is one of my favorites.
It's hearty, warming, and full of bold flavor. At this time of year, I can’t get enough of it. I hope you love this soup too!
Split Pea Soup Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this soup, the full recipe card with exact amounts, directions and tips is below.
Dried Split Pea: you don't have to soak them before cooking, just clean well.
Water: If you want more flavor use vegetable broth.
Pork: Neck bones are popular to make soups in Colombia, they add a lot of flavor.If you don't find them just use pork ribs.
Spices: Cumin, salt and pepper.
Vegetables: Carrots, garlic, onion, scallions, red bell pepper and potatoes.
Herbs: Fresh cilantro or parsley.
Split Pea with Pork Soup Recipe
- ½ pound dried split peas
- 6 cups water
- 2 pounds pork neck bones or pork ribs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 scallion chopped
- ¼ cup red bell pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large potato peeled and diced
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Avocado and extra cilantro for serving
- Place the peas in a pot, cover with water and soak overnight. Drain the peas and set aside.
- Place the onions, scallions, garlic and red bell pepper in a food processor. Set aside.
- Place the pork bones, water, onion mixture, split peas, salt and pepper in a pot, and cook over medium low-heat for about 20 minutes.
- Add the ground cumin, potatoes and cilantro. Cook for 30 minutes more or until the peas are tender. Add more water as needed if the soup becomes too thick.
- Season with salt and pepper. To serve, top with avocado and fresh cilantro.
Split Pea Soup Serving Suggestions
When you’re ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top it with fresh cilantro or parsley. If you are looking for a side dish to serve it, try my avocado and tomato salad, white rice and fried ripe plantain.
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