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Split Pea Soup with Pancetta & Garlic Panko

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Serves 4-5 servings


Prep Time

15 minutes


Cook Time

1 hour, 11 minutes


Total Time

1 hour, 26 minutes

kikkoman products used:


2 ounces diced pancetta
½ cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 shallot, peeled/chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pound split peas
8 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
2 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus more for serving
2 dried bay leaves
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

For Herb Panko Topping
1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
⅔ cup Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat pancetta in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Sauté for 5-6 minutes until pancetta begins to crisp. Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add carrots, celery and shallot to pot and sauté in the pancetta drippings for 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté 2 minutes longer.
  3. Add split peas, chicken stock, soy sauce, thyme sprigs, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover with lid slightly cracked. Simmer soup for 1 hour or until peas have softened and broken down, stirring occasionally.
  4. While soup cooks, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, panko, thyme, garlic powder and salt. Stir well to coat panko. Toast for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly until the bread crumbs are a deep golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.
  5. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves from soup. Ladle soup into bowls and serve hot, topped with a few spoonfuls of garlic herb panko, crispy pancetta, and additional fresh thyme.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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