Split Pea with Ham Soup

I love this time of year because I can make soups and stews all winter long. It has been brisk and raining this week so I decided to make a big pot of soup. My mom made split pea soup in the crock pot when I was a kid and I have always loved it. I used to make it very smooth and well blended with an immersion blender but I now like eating it with chunks of ham, carrots and potatoes. It’s a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner. I served this soup with fresh baked bread and butter along with a green salad. It was a delicious, filling and healthy dinner.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 carrots, diced
  • 1-2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 lb ham steak, diced
  • 7-8 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 1lb bag of dried split peas (rinsed)
  • 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven pot over medium heat. Cook the onion until slightly tender. Add garlic and ham & cook for 60 seconds. Add the stock, split peas, bay leaf to pot and salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium low heat for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Add the carrots, celery and potatoes then cook for an additional 30-45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf. If you want it to be a bit thicker, mix with an immersion blender for a few seconds. Enjoy.

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37 Responses to “Split Pea with Ham Soup”

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    Girl Japan — October 9, 2008 @ 6:40 am

    Hiya Lisa = ) Split Pea soup is so close and dear to me, I could go back for thirds and fourths and so on and so on… you photos are very picturesque, and all your veggies are chopped finely and appropriately and that is a beautiful professional picture. I did not do too much this week except make some sands… Do I ever miss Split Pea…. do you allow the peas to soak? I wonder how much are

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    Girl Japan — October 9, 2008 @ 6:42 am

    OMG.. I just called you lisa.. I am so sorry.. what was i thinking.. “kicks head”!

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    Jason — October 9, 2008 @ 6:43 am

    I can’t believe how cold it’s been here either, I’m craving soup or a pot roast daily!
    It’s funny, but I’ve never had split pea soup before. I do love all the ingredients so I know this soup is delicious. Thanks for the inspiration to try something new.

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    Kay — October 9, 2008 @ 7:52 am

    You beat me to it, am about to make an authentic Dutch split pea soup posting :)

    We do like similar foods! This really makes me crave a big bowl.

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    tigerfish — October 9, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    That will be a nice comforting soup. It looks easy.

    That chicken broth looks familiar….hahahha!

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    Adam — October 9, 2008 @ 11:54 am

    Oh man Pam, I love split pea soup. Probably in my top 3… yeah I have an order to my soups (lame) :) Perfect for a cold day, just like you said.

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    Katherine Aucoin — October 9, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    I love soups on rainy days and your split pea soup looks so yummy Pam!

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    HDMac — October 9, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    Well, it is cold here this morning! 39 degrees as I type. I love split pea soup!!!

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    Lucy — October 9, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

    I had the same idea,recently picked up some split peas… And.. this looks wonderful and love the chunky pieces!

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    Cheryl — October 9, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

    It has been wonderful weather hasn’t it? That looks delicious!

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    Lisa — October 9, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    I just love this soup. I made it last week. Same ingredients minus the potato. Yours looks much prettier than the one I made :)

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    Erik — October 9, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

    I make a very similar soup, but it is hard to make a bad split pea soup!
    I do not use potatoes, as I find I get enough creaminess from the peas once I use the immersion blender. Also, if I have a pork hock or two I will simmer the soup with that for about an hour instead of using chicken stock. You get at least as much flavor, maybe more if the hocks are smoked. Of course, you have to add

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    Live.Love.Eat — October 9, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

    I know I would love this but I'll have to ask hubby if he does. Looks comforting & delicious.

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    Michele — October 9, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    this is my most favorite soup ever! I always make mine in the crockpot and add a little lemon and dill for a garnish. Your soup looks beautiful!

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    Happy cook — October 9, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    I love this peas soup. I too make almost same as you, but i use bacon instead og ham.
    This is really a hearty delicious soup.

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    The Blonde Duck — October 9, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    I’ve never had split pea soup. It looks good.

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    nicole — October 9, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    I had split pea soup when I was younger and never cared for it but yours looks so good. I guess it’s all on who makes it. Looks delicious anyways.

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    KrustyTheCat — October 9, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

    That looks delicious! My mom always made the best pea soup, and I love to eat it myself. I’ll have to try your recipe soon. The fall is my favorite season for making big pots of stews and soup.

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    Lindsey — October 9, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    I LOVE split pea soup, it reminds me of my childhood and my grandmother. She would always make it with a leftover ham hock…yum.

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    Aggie — October 9, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

    I love split pea soup…yours looks delicious. I love your pictures Pam!

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    Marjie — October 9, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

    I love pea soup, but my dearly beloved won’t touch it. Another thing off my cooking list (sigh). Great pictures – I can almost taste your soup from here!

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    Heather — October 9, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    i love split pea and ham soup. it reminds me of my mom :) i love the shot of your “raw” ingredients – so pretty!

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    ~Priscilla~ — October 10, 2008 @ 12:46 am

    that looks so good! soups and a homemade loaf of bread are so good in this time of year!

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    Amy — October 10, 2008 @ 1:45 am

    This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to make split pea for a while and now is the perfect time since the weather is all gloomy. I will have to try this soon!

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    MaryBeth — October 10, 2008 @ 3:55 am

    I feel the same way, I too love making soup and stew all winter long. Your split pea looks so yummy and warm.

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    Olga — October 10, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

    this looks exactly like the split soup my mom makes! so much better than your typical green-split pea soup where everything is just one green mush.

    Could I have a bowl right now? :)

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    anja3582 — October 10, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    This looks absolutely DELISH!

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    LAQ — October 10, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

    This looks amazing. I lived on soup last fall/winter. This looks better than the Split Pea recipe I have though. I like the addition of potatoes. I have 3 squash at home just waiting to be chopped up and roasted for double squash soup, but this will be next on my list!

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    Paula — October 10, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

    Oh gosh, I love split pea soup and so does my yougest. This looks terrific. I’d enjoy it both chunky or smooth … doesn’t matter to me! What do you think of the bay leaf flavor? YUM!

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    Kevin — October 11, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    Split pea soup with ham is one of my favorites! The ham just adds so much flavour!

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    Grace — October 11, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    it’s too bad that the sound of pea soup turns so many people off since it’s usually really tasty. if you like peas. and i do. :)

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    Jan — October 11, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    I love pea and ham soup, it’s one of my faves, and yours sounds delish.

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    anja3582 — October 13, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

    I just made this this past weekend. It was AMAZING. My boyfriend’s 4 yr. old son ate it and liked it, so I was really impressed. The only thing I have to note is that it took 8 cups of broth instead of 6 as listed in your recipes. Had I not added this, it would have been too thick and burned to the bottom (it was already starting to stick by the time I caught it but it didn’t actually burn before

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    Pam — October 13, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    anja3582,

    You are right! Thanks for pointing it out – I added extra stock but forgot to add it to the recipe. I have corrected the error – thanks again.

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    David Feld — January 16, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Good Stuff! I was going to throw ham bone & meat out. I’m so glad I put in the freezer. It’s so good I will take some to my mom! (She’s a great cook.)

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