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Split Pea Soup with Ham

Split Pea Soup with ham is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Full of vegetables, flavored with ham and cooked to perfection, you and your family are going to LOVE this soup.

Soups are one of the most comforting food, especially on chilly nights! Try Broccoli Cheese, Zuppa Toscana or my Winning Cheeseburger soup when you want to come home to something warm and delicious.

Homemade Split pea soup with ham in a bowl.

Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

Split Pea Soup flavored with ham is just like the one you grew up on. Full of vegetables and tender split peas this soup is easy to make and even better to eat. It is  hearty and soul warming. Split pea soup is one of those feel good soups that’s also good for you. Don’t let the color of this incredibly delicious soup throw you. Its vibrant color just means it tastes good and is healthy too. The aroma is unbelievable and the flavor will keep you coming back bowl after bowl.

Split pea soup is one my go to favorites after I’ve cooked a ham and have leftovers. It’s the perfect way to use the hambone and not let it go to waste. It gives the pea soup just enough of that salty smoky flavor that makes this soup irresistible. The ham also gives it an extra punch of protein and will help satisfy your hunger.  Another plus to this recipe is the fact that split peas are so cheap. So if you use leftover ham, it’s quite a low cost hearty dish. Serve it with a side of rolls and a nice green salad and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to delight!

Ingredients For Pea Soup

Hearty and wholesome, this soup is chock full of good for you ingredients. Herbs and spices give that extra umph and flavor. If you don’t have a leftover ham bone you can use, ask the butcher for one at your local grocery store. You can also leave out the ham bone and just add ham. It won’t be quite as flavorful but still amazing.

  • Butter: For sautéing the vegetables.
  • Onion: A classic ingredient for most soups.
  • Carrots: Dice into bite sized pieces.
  • Celery: Add incredible flavor to the stock.
  • Garlic: Gives the split pea soup a nice flavor.
  • Dried Split Peas: These can be found with other dried beans at your local store.
  • Chicken Broth: Flavor and the base of the soup.
  • Ham bone: If you don’t have one on hand, see if you can get one from your local butcher.
  • Salt and pepper: Add more or less to taste.
  • Fresh Thyme: Fresh gives a nice light flavor. You can use dry, just use ½ teaspoon.
  • Chopped Ham: This is optional, but you’re going to love the extra flavor it gives.

How to Make Split Pea Soup

Like most soups this Split pea soup is pretty hands off once you sauté the vegetables. The longer you can let it simmer the more the flavors will meld together. Whip this up with plenty of time to make some biscuits to go with it.

  1. Sauté: In a large pot over medium high heat ad the butter and let it melt. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Sauté until tender
  2. Add: Pour in the split peas and chicken broth. Next carefully place in the hambone.
  3. Simmer:  Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 60-90 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook until the peas split and soup has thickened.
  4. Shred: Remove the hambone and shred the ham. Add it back to the soup. Add salt and pepper and thyme. Garnish with additional ham if needed.

Sauteing vegetables, cooking the ham bone and stirring in ham for spit pea soup.

What are Split Peas?

  • What are they? Split peas are field peas that are dried, peeled and split in half for easy cooking. They come in both green and yellow varieties, which can be fun to add both to the soup. The yellow ones tend to be more mild in flavor and the green split peas are sweeter. That’s why they pair so perfectly with the salty ham. As they cook they will thicken and create a wonderful creamy texture, perfect for soup.
  • Do you need to Soak Them? Split peas are small so they don’t need to be soaked. The long cooking time for the soup is more than enough to give these split peas the soft texture you want.  Just give the split peas a nice rinse before adding them to the soup. Since you don’t have to soak the peas, it saves you time in the beginning. The long cooking time also allows the flavors to meld beautifully together and they will cook down and thicken to a perfect texture.
  • Are they Nutritious? Split peas are definitely good for you. They are low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and are a great source of vitamins and minerals including magnesium.

Tips and Variations for Pea Soup

  • Add Vegetables: This is a hearty soup already, but you can even more depth to it by adding in a few red or yellow potatoes with the diced carrots.
  • Thicken: When cooking the peas should break down and thicken on their own, if you feel you want it thicker, simmer uncovered for the last 20-30 minutes. Do note that the soup will thicken as it rests and cools. You might actually need to thin it out with water the next day.
  • No Ham Bone: If you don’t have a ham bone don’t worry. You can still get that great flavor from thick chunks of sliced ham. Throw them in with the stock and allow it to simmer along with the rest.  Add bacon at the end for garnish and even more flavor if you desire.

Storing Leftover Soup

If you have any leftovers, which are always better the next day, they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it tightly sealed, and remember it will thicken as it sits. Add broth or water to thin it as needed. Reheat on the stove top on medium low or microwave individual portions.

Can I Freeze It?

Yes, this soup will freeze well! First let the soup completely cool and place in airtight containers or freezer safe ziplock bags. This will keep in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat the next day.

Ladling split pea soup out of stock pot.

Split Pea Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 8 People

Split Pea Soup with ham is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Full of vegetables, flavored with ham and cooked to perfection, you and your family are going to LOVE this soup.

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • 3
    celery stalks
  • 3
  • 1
    dried split peas
  • 6
    chicken broth
    more if needed
  • 1 ½ – 2
    ham bone
  • 1/2
  • 1/4
  • 1
    fresh thyme
  • 1
    chopped ham
    for garnish

Serves: 8

Calories259kcal (13%)Carbohydrates39g (13%)Protein18g (36%)Fat4g (6%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Trans Fat1gCholesterol15mg (5%)Sodium1030mg (43%)Potassium808mg (23%)Fiber15g (60%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A4705IU (94%)Vitamin C16mg (19%)Calcium58mg (6%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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