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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!
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 273kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $12


  • 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
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ 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 ½ 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 ½ 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!


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2780IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.2mg