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Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper

The love affair with yellow split peas continues with this Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper! And this tasty soup is low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Last week I was gushing like a schoolgirl over a bowl of Lemony Yellow Split Peas.  My love affair with  the yellow split peas continues with this Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper.This isn’t the most photogenic soup I’ve made, but it was delicious, warm, and comforting.  I added a touch of red pepper flakes to spice it up a little, but you could skip that if you’d like a milder soup.  Please don’t skip the ground fennel seed though; it adds a wonderful flavor to the soup.

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Heat 1 T olive oil in a large heavy soup pot; then saute the diced onion, celery, and green bell pepper over medium heat about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, Italian herb blend, and ground fennel, and saute 1-2 minutes more. If you’d like the soup to be spicy, add about 1/4  tsp. red pepper flakes with the other spices.

While the vegetables are cooking, squeeze the turkey Italian sausage out of the casings and brown well, breaking apart with the back of the turner as it cooks. When sausage is cooked, add it to the soup pot along with 2 cups yellow split peas and 6 cups chicken stock.

Let soup simmer at low heat uncovered.  After an hour I tasted the soup to see if I wanted more red pepper (no!) and added 2 cups of water. Continue to cook, adding water as needed, until the split peas are very well done and starting to break down into the soup.  Total cooking time will be about 2-4 hours, depending on how old the yellow split peas are and how soft you want them.

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Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper

The love affair with yellow split peas continues with this Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper!

Ingredients:

  • 1 T + 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 T minced garlic (or less if you’re not that into garlic)
  • 1 tsp. Italian herb blend (a mix of dried oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pkg. (5 links / 19.5 oz.) hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 6 cups chicken stock (plus more water as needed during cooking)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Dice onion, celery, and green bell pepper into very small dice.  Heat 1 T olive oil in large heavy soup pot, then add diced onion, celery, and green pepper and saute 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are starting to get soft.
  2. Add minced garlic, Italian herb blend, ground fennel seed, and red pepper flakes (if using) and saute about 1-2 minutes more.
  3. While vegetables cook, heat the other 1 T olive oil in large heavy frying pan.  Squeeze hot turkey Italian sausage out of the casings and saute until the sausage is well browned, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks.
  4. When sausage is done add it to soup pot with yellow split peas and chicken stock.  Let soup come to a low boil, then reduce heat and let soup simmer.
  5. After 1 hour I tasted the soup for seasoning and added about 2 cups water.  Let soup continue to simmer, adding water as needed, until split peas are completely soft and starting to break apart into the soup.  Total cooking time will be 2-4 hours, depending on how old the split peas are and how soft you want them.
  6. Serve with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes for people to add to the soup if desired.

Notes:

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions: 
Split peas are too high in carbs for a low-carb diet, but split peas are a low-glycemic ingredient and all the ingredients in this Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper are approved for the South Beach Diet.

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    32 Comments on “Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper”

  1. wonderful recipe!

    It is very tasty.. Never made italian style pea soup before.. i will now!

    The only changes I made was to use split green peas, green beans instead of celery (I’m sick of celery), fresh rosemary, basil and rat tail red peppers instead of the dried herbs. And I simmered the soup with the lid on for an hour+ Thanks Katylyn!

  2. Made this for dinner today and it tasted wonderful.To make it look more pretty, I used red bell pepper and added some spinach leaves for the last 20 minutes cooking time.Topped with greek yoghurt and chopped basil it was really a beauty and tasty.
    Thanks from Germany
    Doris

  3. Campbell, so glad you enjoyed the soup!

  4. Just made this for dinner tonight – it was delicious! I was skeptical at first, as I'm very picky about soup, but this recipe was awesome! I'll definitely be making it again!

  5. This soup would certainly hit the spot on these cold winter days!

  6. Carrie, you're welcome. Glad you liked it.

  7. I didn't have turkey sausage on hand so I used sweet italian that i had. this soup is so good. it it made enough that i did freeze some for one of those nights when i have to run the kids here there and everywhere. thanks for sharing!

  8. Chris I am seriously falling in love with the yellow split peas, and I thought the fennel was a great accent for their flavor.

  9. Thanks for making note about Ashleigh. I saw the tweet that went out about it. It's devastating what is going on…

    This recipe is definitely uplifting, though! I have never used yellow split peas, despite seeing them all the time at the farmer's market.

    As an Italian, fennel was a staple in our home, as well as fennel seeds. Love it!

  10. Paz, stay warm. I heard about the storm in NYC. I do recommend the soup when you get a chance to try it.