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Split Pea Squares

Split Pea Squares

This delicious main course may remind you of a shepherd’s pie in texture. I like to double the recipe and freeze half for a quick, delicious meal.

Serves 6.



  • 1 c dry yellow split peas
  • 5 c water
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 3/4 c dry instant potatoes buds
  • 1 Tbsp gluten flour (vital wheat gluten)
  • 1 Tbsp chicken style vegetarian broth mix
  • 1/2 Tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 c whole grain bread crumb, dry

Creamy Chicken Style Gravy:

  • 1/4 c butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp chicken style vegetarian broth mix
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • dash white pepper
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • dash salt, if needed



  1. Sort and rinse split peas. Place split peas in a medium pot with 5 cups of plain water. Cook on medium until boiling. Reduce heat to low and partially cover. Simmer 60 minutes or until very tender.
  2. Drain off any excess liquid and spoon split peas into large bowl.
  3. Stir in butter until melted through. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, instant potato buds, gluten flour, broth mix, poultry seasoning, and salt; blend well using a wooden spoon. When cool enough, use clean hands to mix completely.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously butter an 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle half the bread crumbs evenly on the bottom. Spoon split pea mixture over the bread crumbs and press down lightly to form a smooth, even layer. Scatter the remainder of the bread crumbs on top.
  6. Bake 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut in squares and serve with Creamy Chicken Style Gravy.

Directions for Gravy:

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk in flour until bubbly and smooth.
  • Add poultry seasoning, broth mix, turmeric, and white pepper.
  • Whisk in the milk until smooth and simmering. Simmer one minute, stirring constantly. Check salt level. Serve hot.

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