Pea Soup Recipe with Top Chef Tips

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Today I will show you my pea soup recipe.

Cooking the delicious, wonderfully green soup yourself, you will definitely succeed after reading these lines.

Regardless of whether you want to prepare the soup with fresh peas, with frozen peas or with split peas, here are the right instructions for you.

With bacon, without bacon, vegetarian or vegan, I summarize all relevant facts here.

Conjure up a fine soup in your kitchen and make your loved ones happy. Good succeed!

1. Recipe Pea Soup

Here are the instructions with exact quantities.

You can find tips for adding to the soup and decoration under the ingredients.

Pea Soup

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4
Calories 402
Total Time 50 Min.
Preparation Time 40 Min.
Cook Time 0 Min.

Simple guide to prepare soup with peas in variants.

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Pea soup recipe image © Thomas Sixt


basic recipe

30 g butter (or vegetable oil (vegan))
300-450 g peas (More peas, more flavor!)
1-2 Piece onions (or 4 shallots, these have a finer taste!)
1/2 Piece glove of garlic
40 ml dry white wine (or Prosecco)
800 ml cold water (or broth)
1-2 Cube Vegetable broth (or powder)
4 Pinches primal salt
3 Pinches black ground pepper
3 Pinches nutmeg
2 Pinches Cayenne pepper

with soy cream

1 Cup soy cream

with cream

1 Cup Cream
1/2 Bunch fresh parsley (optional thyme, lovage, cress)

classic soup insert

4 Piece wiener sausages (vegan/vegetarian alternative soy bratwurst)
4 tbsp bacon cubes (vegan/vegetarian product)

Decoration and soup insert

4 tbsp bread cubes (crispy fried)
1 Bunch fresh herbs (parsley or lovage or chervil)
200 g Whipped cream (Put the icing on the soup, use vegan soy cream)
4 tbsp Créme Fraîche (Place in the soup in the form of dumplings, use vegan soy cream)


peel pea pods
The peas hide in the pea pods. Just carefully open and peel.

Prepare peas

Get fresh peas or frozen peas.

Peel fresh peas and put the peas in a bowl.

Basic recipe

Cut onions and garlic
Finely chop onion and garlic

Prepare onions

Peel the onions and garlic and cut into fine cubes.

Set a large tall pot on the stove, add butter or vegetable oil to the pot.

Sauté onion cubes and garlic cubes for the minced meat mixture.
Onion and garlic finely diced while sweating in a saucepan.

Prepare soup starter

Sauté the onion and garlic cubes over a moderate heat for 10 minutes.

–> Important note on garlic:

I don’t press garlic because it makes the garlic bitter and pungent in taste.

vegetable broth
vegetable broth


Then deglaze the soup mixture with the dry white wine and broth.

Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.

basic recipe

blanched, freshly cooked peas
Boiled peas, also called Peluschken, on a sieve.

Add peas

Add the fresh peas or the frozen peas to the soup mixture and bring to a boil.

Let the peas cook for 12-15 minutes, not boiling.

Remove a few peas to add to the soup.

Classic or vegetarian

Mix up the pea soup
Mixing the pea soup

Add cream

Boil the soup, pour the cream or soy cream into the boiling soup.

Blend the soup with a hand blender and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Gourmet tip

Pea soup pass
Pea soup pass.

Pass optionally

Optionally, you can strain the soup through a fine hair sieve or prepare it with the finely mixed fiber for serving.

Pea soup with sausages

Grilled sausages always find fans!
Grilled sausages make everyone happy, mostly the kids too…

Prepare sausages

You can fry sausages in a pan or heat a frankfurter or wiener in a little salted water.

–> Mix up the soup
–> Put the peas in the soup on the plate
–> Pour in the frothed soup
–> Add the sausages cut into diagonal slices.
–> Serve

Pea soup with tofu

Finely diced smoked tofu
Smoked tofu is a good substitute for smoked bacon.

Prepare tofu

You can cut tofu into cubes and fry them in the pan.

–> Mix up the soup
–> Put the peas in the soup on the plate
–> Pour in the frothed soup
–> Place the prepared tofu cubes in the soup.
–> Serve

Pea soup with bacon

Fry the bacon cubes until crispy
Bacon cubes fried crispy and left out.

Prepare bacon

You can fry some bacon cubes or bacon strips in the pan until they are crispy.

–> Mix up the soup
–> Put the peas in the soup on the plate
–> Pour in the frothed soup
–> Add strips of bacon or sprinkle on diced bacon.
–> Serve

Pea soup with croutons

Fry the bread cubes in butter until crispy.
Bread cubes for croutons in a pan with foamed butter.

Bread cubes

Optionally, you can add bread cubes to the soup.

Fry freshly cut bread cubes in a pan with butter.

Season with salt, pepper and thyme and serve with the soup.

Pea soup recipe image
Pea soup recipe image © food photographer Thomas Sixt


Arrange the pea soup in the desired variant and serve.

I wish you a good appetite!

2. Overview of Calories and Nutritional Values

3. Prepare Green Pea Soup

The soup should stay green, so here are a few tips:

Always cook pea soup quickly. You can do this without sweating the peas. Cook the soup without the peas and when the guests are there, add the peas and cook until soft, without the lid. Mix, strain and serve green.

Chef Thomas Sixt on the green soup thing!
Pea soup thicker served with peas and bread cubes as a soup accompaniment.
If you like it, you can leave your pea soup a little thicker. The difference to pea stew is then no longer great.

4. Prepare Soup with Frozen Peas and Fresh Peas

Preparing the soup with frozen peas is no different than preparing it with fresh peas.

Please peel fresh peas from the garden, this is a meditative activity and is fun!

You can put frozen peas directly into the pot, the peas can also be frozen, which is even beneficial for preserving the beautiful, green color.

peel pea pods
The peas hide in the pea pods. Just carefully open and peel.

Please note the following: Always cook the soup from fresh or frozen peas without the lid and as quickly as possible.

Then the soup stays green. The soup turns gray to brown if you put a lid on the pot or heat the soup several times.

Light green, fresh soup looks better on the plate, that’s my recommendation.

Soup for the perfect dinner: Prepare the soup, pass through a fine sieve and stir over ice until cold. This keeps the soup green and you can heat it up when your guests are there. Before serving, mix the soup with the hand blender until fluffy, adding cold butter… WOW… DELICIOUS…

Second comment on the green soup thing from chef Thomas Sixt
blanched, freshly cooked peas
Boiled peas, also called Peluschken, on a sieve.

5. Prepare Split Pea Soup Info

The preparation with split peas is a little different.

You don’t have to put the split peas in water because the shell is already removed.

So add the split peas directly to the soup base as described above.

You can then cook the soup with the lid on.

Split pea soup always turns slightly gray, so it is better to cook this soup with a lid to save energy.

The cooking time is usually around one hour, please note the information on the packaging of the peeled peas.

Split pea soup is out of fashion, the soup is always gray. I do not like that! This is a boarding school soup 🙁

Chef Thomas Sixt on the gray soup of horror

6. Vegan or Vegetarian Pea Soup

The presented soup is basically vegetarian or vegan. I have preferred this variant for some time because many guests and friends want to avoid meat and because a high proportion of plant nutrients is good for our well-being.

In summary:

Instead of cow’s milk cream, simply use soy cream, with the broth you pay attention to vegetable broth, with the soup you think of bread cubes and peas, instead of bacon you can prepare smoked tufo cubes as a garnish.

I would be happy if the recipe is a good suggestion for you.

Alternatively, you can add smoked tofu to the soup, the smoked tofu tastes wonderful when fried.

Ingredients tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Finely diced smoked tofu
Smoked tofu is a good substitute for smoked bacon.

7. Tips for Classic Pea Soup with Bacon or Sausage

The classic is served in Germany with a Wiener Würstel and prepared with bacon.

You can leave diced bacon crispy in a pan and then serve it extra with the soup.

Alternatively, a soy sausage can be used as a vegan or vegetarian soup accompaniment.

Fry the bacon cubes until crispy
Bacon cubes fried crispy and left out.

Note on heating the sausages:
My grandmother cut the sausages into small pieces and warmed them up in the soup just before serving.

–> The dish will look nicer if you heat the sausages in an extra pot.
–> To do this, briefly heat the sliced sausages in salted water, please do not boil.
–> Boiled sausage slices unfortunately bulge like shoe soles 🙂

You can find a selection of vegetarian sausages in the Currywurst recipe. That would be a nice change.

8. More Ideas for your Soup Pot

All soup recipes

Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers

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  • Hello Thomas,

    THX for this great Guide 🙂

    I cooked your soup exactly according to the instructions today.

    The soup was fantastic and we enjoyed it very much.

    The tip about mixing before serving is fine.

    I had strained the soup and it was light and creamy.

    Many thanks for the convincing performance!


    • Hello Jean,

      🙂 Great THX 🙂 I am happy to read your lines, thank you very much!

      I find the pea soup almost always fits.

      A quick dinner or lunch prepared quickly.

      Depending on your taste, with sausages or with tofu, bacon and lots of peas.

      I often make a pea stew out of the basic soup.

      I wish you continued success!


  • Hello Chef Thomas Sixt!

    Green Soup is absolut great!

    I cooked your pea soup exactly according to your idea and it really stayed wonderfully green.

    Here I leave you a thank you!


    Greetings from Marry


    • Hi Merry!

      thanks for your nice lines and compliment around this article.

      That makes me very happy!

      Kind regards Thomas