Split Pea Soup is a hearty, nutritious, and comforting dish, well-known for its smooth texture and savory flavors. This classic soup combines split peas with rich ham, aromatic vegetables, and herbs, creating a warm and satisfying meal that’s especially enjoyable in colder weather.


  • 2 cups dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 ham bone (or 2 cups diced ham if bone is not available)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, add the rinsed split peas, ham bone (or diced ham), chopped onion, diced carrots, diced celery, minced garlic, and the broth.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Add the bay leaf and dried thyme. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the peas are soft and the soup has thickened.
  4. If using a ham bone, remove it from the soup, cut off any ham, dice it, and return it to the soup.
  5. Remove the bay leaf. For a smoother soup, you can use an immersion blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 310
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 20g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • Serves: 6-8 people

Split Pea Soup is a fantastic choice for a filling and flavorful meal. It’s a traditional recipe that’s stood the test of time, offering both nutrition and comfort. Enjoy this classic soup on its own, or

with a slice of crusty bread for a complete and satisfying experience. The rich flavors and hearty texture make it an ideal dish for both everyday meals and special occasions. Whether you prefer it chunky or smooth, this soup is sure to warm you up from the inside out!

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