Tekoa Split Pea Soup

Tekoa Split Pea Soup

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The Tekoa Split pea is your all around traditional split pea and ham soup that grandma used to make. Read the ingredient list and you’ll see that there is not much in this soup, it’s the wholesome, quality ingredients that make is to delicious

Serves 5 people

You will need:

  • Ham bone, ham chunks, or bacon (optional)


  • Pea & celery mix
  • 1 Spice packet


1. In 4 quart saucepan add 8 cups water seasoning packet, pea mix and desired meat, cover.
2. Over medium heat bring to boil.
3. Reduce temperature to a low, simmer for 50 minutes or until peas are done. Stir occasionally to keep from scorching.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve

Crock Pot Directions:
Add 8 C. water, pea mix, spice packet and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 5 hours. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1 cup. Add water, soup mix & meat to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 20 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally. Enjoy! 

Cooking Variations:

Make it Creamy: Reduce water by 1 C. follow cooking directions, before serving add 1 C. evaporated milk or cream.
Vegetable Overload: Add fresh cut carrot, onion, leeks or celery.
Mix up the Meat: Use Kielbasa, ground turkey or italian sausage
Boost the Broth: Cook with a ham bone to add lots of healthy vitamins, minerals and collagen
Vegetarian: Prepare without meat, if desired, add meat substitute. Optional, use 15-oz. low sodium vegetable broth and reduce water by two cups.
Spice it up: Add a bay leaf when you being cooking or a pinch of thyme 5-10 minutes before serving
Dress it up: Top with sour cream or chives.

Legume Hints & Nutrition:
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans or legumes per week for the maximum health benefit. Legumes are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Tekoa (Tee’ Koh)
In 1875, a trading post was opened to serve the nearby reservation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Daniel Truax, a sawmill operator who learned the railroad was coming, decided to plat a townsite. His wife suggested the name Tekoa, a biblical term meaning City of Tents. One of the region’s first cold storage and seed pea operations started, creating jobs for about 50 women. The women sorted and packaged locally grown peas along with peas shipped in from California.

Tekoa was on the main rail line to Spokane, and it thrived as a grain and apple shipping center. In 1908, the Milwaukee Railroad laid its transcontinental rails through the town. This contributed to Tekoa’s prosperity.

In 1888, the Union Pacific Railroad built a roundhouse, machine shop, coal bunker, and district administration headquarters, this created jobs for one out of every four households. By 1920, the railroad’s dominance began to decline. In 1950, The Milwaukee had dropped its Tekoa operations, and the Union Pacific moved its crew to Spokane. The railroad still moves grains and agricultural chemicals through Tekoa, but now the old depot is a farm store, and the large steel train trestle mainly symbolizes the communities’ former dependence on the railroad.

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