Split Pea Sausage Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

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


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Cook the spinach as directed on the box.
  • Serve Sausage and Split Pea Soup with a side of spinach.

Cost $5.17

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  1. Jean says

    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.

  2. Allison says

    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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