Recipe for Split Pea Soup
Recipe for split pea soup – creamy but chunky with texture from vegetables and beans and it’s a hearty meal. Fortified with salty ham, this soup is comforting and filling. For just pennies a serving it’s a delicious meal your family will enjoy!
Who isn’t a fan of a great Split Pea Soup? So much yummy flavor – hearty and delicious, this is the perfect soup for a cold day and an easy meal in the summertime!
This soup is full of vegetables, carrots, onions, celery and yams. Finishing the soup with a handful of parsley and a touch of apple cider vinegar brightens the soup and updates the taste.
It really takes a good 35-40 minutes to cook split peas, but it’s totally worth it!
You’ll start by sautéing the vegetables.
- Add the spices
- Add the ham
- Next add the split peas
- Mix the vegetables, ham and split peas together
- Add the stock and water
- Stir everything together and bring to a boil
Simmer for 35-40 minutes until the beans are tender. Stirring the soup often will help break down and dissolve the peas making a creamier soup.
This post and recipe was originally published October 2015
Recipe for Split Pea Soup – Shopping List
- dried split peas
- yellow onion
- chicken stock
Recipe for Split Pea Soup – Tips
- when making soup with dried beans be sure pick thru them checking for small rocks and dirt clods – rinse them well to remove any dust prior to using
- reserving 1/2 cup split peas and adding them after 10 minutes of cooking will add texture to the soup
- if you prefer a creamier soup, ladle half of the cooked soup into a blender and process until smooth (or use an immersion blender), add the blended soup back into the stockpot
- a splash of apple cider vinegar and minced parsley will brighten the flavors in split pea soup
- no leftover ham? Buy a ham steak, they are sold individually at the grocery store and the flavor is so good. Perfect for soups & stews!
This recipe for split pea soup has so much yummy flavor. It’s hearty and delicious, full of texture and fortified with salty ham and full of vegetables. It’s a great meal for lunch or dinner!
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Recipe for Split Pea Soup
Who isn't a fan of a great Split Pea Soup? So much yummy flavor - hearty and delicious, this is the perfect soup and a great meal!
- 1 16 oz bag dried split peas
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery diced
- 1 yam peeled and diced
- 1 pound ham diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups water
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp thyme fresh thyme, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar optional
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley optional
Chop the vegetables. Peel and dice the onion, carrots and the yam. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic and the thyme.
Heat a heavy bottom stock pot over medium high heat. When hot, add the olive oil, then the vegetables. Everything except the garlic.
Add pepper, red pepper flakes, bay leaf and thyme. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
The last 30 seconds of sautéing add the minced garlic.
While the vegetables and spices are cooking away, dice the ham into a small dice.
Next add the ham to stockpot and stir well. Add the split peas, reserving 1/2 cup.
Add the chicken stock and water. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Reduce to medium and simmer at a low boil for 45-50 minutes (see notes.*) While it is cooking, give it several good vigorous stirs. Simmer uncovered.
Taste to adjust seasonings - you may need to add some salt, but chances are good the salt from the ham will be enough.
Optional step - when the soup is cooked turn off the heat. Chop a handful of parsley and add it to this soup along with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This addition will brighten the flavors and really enhance this soup!
*Reserve 1/2 cup of split peas. After the first 10 minutes of cooking, add the remaining split peas (this step is optional, but I enjoy soup with texture). Simmer an additional 35-40 minutes until the beans are tender.
Want to up your soup game? Chop all vegetables into a small dice so each spoonful has all of the delicious ingredients in each bite.
No leftover ham? Buy a ham steak, they are sold individually at the grocery store and the flavor is so good. Perfect for soups & stews!
If you enjoy this soup, you’ll definitely want to try Ham and Bean Soup. A classic combination of flavors, not only is this soup easy and delicious, it’s an affordable meal too!
Vegetable Bean Soup – Not much better than a pot of beans slow cooked on the stove – so much flavor and just pennies a serving.
Don’t want to spent hours in the kitchen? My Bean with Bacon Soup has the slow cooked flavor you love, but it can be made quickly for an easy weeknight meal!
Looking for more great recipes for split pea soup? Parker’s Split Pea Soup Recipe from Ina Garten looks so delicious! This slow cooker version from A Sweet Pea Chef looks just luscious. I’m telling you guys, soup is good food!