Andersen’s Pea Soup (aka Pea Soup Andersen’s)

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 3, 2013


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The iconic, famous bowl of Andersen’s Pea Soup in Buellton, Calif. is vegan, super smooth, with a whiff of thyme and a deeply satisfying flavor.

On a “girlfriend getaway,” our three-girl van drove itself right up Highway 101 and practically screeched to a halt in Buellton, California, home of the most famous restaurant for travelers – Pea Soup Andersen’s.

We were headed 6 hours up the coast from Los Angeles to Carmel, but there is no way we foodies were going to miss Andersen’s. It’s the iconic home of the best bowl of split pea soup this side of anywhere. It was only 11 a.m., but we were ready for an early lunch, salivating over the mere idea of this soup.

Andersen's Pea Soup on Shockingly Delicious. Recipe here: https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/?p=11662Vegan (no ham in this one), creamy without cream, and deeply satisfying, this is a perfect bowl of soup and Andersen’s is a great location for a stop during a road trip.

Dorothy Reinhold and Erika Kerekes at Pea Soup Andersen's
Pull off the highway, take a bathroom break, stretch your legs and take photos in the funny cut-out of Andersen’s cartoon characters Hap-Pea and Pee-Wee. And of course eat a bowl or three of soup, and you’re ready to hit the road again.

A perfect day with perfect friends.

Pea Soup Andersen’s
(Hwy 101 North of Santa Barbara)
376 Avenue of the Flags
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-5581

How to make Andersen’s Pea Soup

Pea Soup Andersen's Special Split PeasPeas: You can mail-order a bag of dried split peas from the restaurant, but even easier is to pick up a 1-pound bag of split peas from your grocery store.

Chop the celery, carrot and onion in a small dice, so they cook faster and thoroughly. Instead of straining (why bother?), insert your immersion blender into the pot and whirl until the soup is smooth, like they serve it at the restaurant. If you like chunky soup, whirl it just a bit and leave some chunks of vegetable in there. 

Water: I am not sure why the restaurant calls for soft water (other than the presumption that is what they have at their location), but of course use your own tap water. Soup is peasant food! We don’t put on airs, do we?
Pea Soup Andersen's MenuThis is Andersen’s Pea Soup menu (price circa 2013, in case they have raised it since then). 

Andersen's Pea Soup Hap-Pea and Pee-Wee splitting peas
And here are their mascots, up close. See them splitting peas?

Andersen’s Pea Soup (aka Pea Soup Andersen’s)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Andersen’s Pea Soup (aka Pea Soup Andersen’s)

Vegan, super smooth, with a whiff of thyme and a deeply satisfying flavor, this is the iconic, famous bowl of Andersen’s Pea Soup in Buellton, Calif.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts soft water
  • 2 cups Andersen’s Specially Selected Green Split Peas
  • 1 branch celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Original instructions: Boil hard for 20 minutes, then slowly until peas are tender. Strain through fine sieve and reheat to boiling point.
  2. Serves 8. (Or 4, depending on appetites and whether this is a main dish or an appetizer.)
  3. Dorothy's helpful tips: Chop the celery, carrot and onion in a small dice, so they cook faster and thoroughly. Instead of straining (why bother?), insert your immersion blender into the pot and whirl until the soup is smooth, like they serve it at the restaurant. If you like chunky soup, whirl it just a bit and leave some chunks of vegetable in there. Peas: you don't actually have to mail-order the peas; just use the dried split peas you find at your grocery store. Water: I am not sure why the restaurant calls for soft water (other than the presumption that is what they have at their location), but of course use your own tap water. Soup is peasant food! We don't put on airs, do we?

Notes

Recipe source: Pea Soup Andersen's, Buellton, Calif.

https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/girlfriend-getaway-andersens-pea-soup-aka-pea-soup-andersens/

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