Split Pea Sausage Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 6, 2010

My quest to create a little breathing room in the pantry and freezers continues…

Last night I made this amazing soup. I think Steve said how much he liked it at least 6 times. (Which definitely says something. He’s a quiet kind of guy. And for him to say that 6 times speaks volumes.)

I took split peas from my legumes container, sausage links from the freezer and some potatoes from the pantry…put it all together and voila…

Split Pea Sausage Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 sausage links, about 3/4 lb. ($2.99)
  • 5 medium white potatoes, peeled and diced ($.75) Recent sale…10 lbs for $1.99!
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped ($.15)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed ($.15) Find my favorite garlic press in my Holiday Gift Guide!
  • 1 tsp parsley ($.05)
  • 1 1/2 cup green split peas, about 1/2 lb. ($.50)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, store bought or homemade (free to $1)
  • 2-3 cups of water, depending on how thick/thin you want the soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box frozen spinach ($.58)

Directions

  1. Cut the sausage into small pieces and brown.  Once browned, add the diced potatoes, chopped onion and crushed garlic to the sausage.  Let saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until onions become opaque.
  2. Next add the seasonings, split peas, broth and water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 50 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Add more water if needed to reach desired thinness.)
  3. Cook the spinach as directed on the box.
  4. Serve Sausage and Split Pea Soup with a side of spinach.

Cost $5.17

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Carol@easytobeglutenfree December 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I have to admit I have never been a fan of split pea soup but I think you may have changed my mind. That looks delicious.

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Liz@HoosierHomemade December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

That soup would hit the spot tonight since it’s below 10 degrees here…ugh!
Thanks for hosting Erin!
~Liz

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Jane December 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

What a great looking soup! It looks nice and hearty (the way my family likes it)!

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy December 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm

The soup looks wonderful! My dad especially loves split pea, I will make this for him! Thanks!

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Claire December 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

funny, i made a very similar recipe to this tonight! guess its the cold weather :)

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Jean December 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

I’m not a fan of peas, but I’m guessing that you could sub any other kind of beans & it would still be delish! I’m always looking for good soup recipes this time of the year.

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Allison December 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Silly question…the peas are dried right? Can you even get split peas any other way? I’m actually thinking of substituting some lentils that are waiting in my pantry for a good use. I’m pretty sure it would be an even swap in the recipe, don’t you think?

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Cindy February 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

What type of sausage did you use? It looks awesome!

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Lisa October 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Should the split peas be cooked before adding them?

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Helene Harris December 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

This recipe looks awesome.. but where is the directions for making the soup?

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