Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Egg

My Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Egg makes a hearty delicious meal. Perfect on a cold night or any night. Serve with a poached or fried egg on top and crispy bacon.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Natalie - the genetic chef


  • 1 pound bacon slightly frozen for ease of chopping
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt or salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound dried split green peas rinsed and picked over
  • 4 large eggs - for poaching or frying


  • In a large pot over medium high heat, sauté the bacon until the fat is rendered and it's crispy. About ten minutes.
  • Remove the bacon set aside. Try not to eat it all before you finish the dish.
  • Leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan.
  • Add 2 cups of diced onion. Continuing over medium high heat, sauté the onions until they are translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté just until you can smell the aroma of the garlic -about 1 minute.
  • Add in the peas and stir to combine.
  • Add the water.
  • Add the kosher salt - or salt to taste - and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Bring everything just to a boil then lower to a simmer on medium low for about an hour, uncovered.
  • Stir the soup. Adjust for seasonings. The soup should still be simmering in order to be able to poach the eggs.
  • Crack an egg into the soup. It will start to turn opaque and cook. Continue with remaining eggs. It won't be perfect. I gently scoop some soup to cover the yolk to assist in cooking. Alternatively, you can just fry an egg and set on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle bacon on each serving.
  • ¡Al Ataque!


The soup has to be simmering to make this work. Poaching an egg is optional.
You can fry an egg and serve it on top or just omit altogether.
The soup will thicken as it sits. When heated up, it will loosen slightly again. You can add some water to loosen the consistency.