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Split Pea Soup with Ham is the soup I crave on cold nights! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.

When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.
Split Pea Soup with Ham

The smoked ham hock in this creamy Split Pea Soup gives it a great smoky flavor. You can buy one at the supermarket if you don’t have one from a leftover ham or use a ham steak if you can’t find a bone. I also have an Instant Pot Pea Soup version for when you don’t have much time and a Crockpot Pea Soup recipe for when you want to set it and forget it.

When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.

Is split pea soup healthy?

YES! Split pea soup is very healthy – it has 27 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber in just one serving. And since my goal is at least 25 grams of fiber per day, this soup is an easy way to get there. Split peas are  a great source of folate, iron, and potassium.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

No, you do not need to soak split peas before cooking. They cook faster than regular peas because of the way they are processed.

What to Serve with Split Pea Soup

This hearty soup is filling on its own or with croutons, a side salad or a slice of bread.

Pea Soup Tips and Variations

  • If you can’t find smoked ham hocks, use a leftover ham bone or ham steak.
  • If you don’t eat pork, swap the ham for a smoked turkey leg.
  • To make vegetarian split pea soup, leave the ham out, swap the chicken broth for vegetarian broth, and add more salt.
  • To freeze pea soup, transfer to freezer-safe containers after the soup cools and label the soup with the date and name. Freeze at least 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then warm on the stove or in the microwave.

When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

4.89 from 17 votes
3
Cals:394
Protein:27
Carbs:54.5
Fat:8.5
Split Pea Soup with ham is the soup I crave on cold nights!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
When I want Split Pea Soup, this is the recipe I crave! Made with ham hocks or leftover ham, this is so delicious and freezes well if you want to make freezer meals.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/3 cup

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of dried split peas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large or 2 small smoked ham hocks or 8 ounces cooked ham, (assuming 8 ounces meat removing bone and skin)*

Instructions

  • Wash the peas and drain.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, saute onions and garlic in 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat until soft, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the peas, carrots, ham hock and chicken broth, then cover the pot and let it come to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once it boils, reduce heat and cook for about 2 hours, or until the peas are soft and thickened.
  • Make sure to check the liquid and consistency. You may need to add hot water if it becomes too thick.
  • Remove ham hock, discard the skin and boned and serve with ham.

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Notes

*based on 8 ounces ham.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 1/3 cup, Calories: 394 kcal, Carbohydrates: 54.5 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 8.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 33.5 mg, Sodium: 606 mg, Fiber: 18 g, Sugar: 7.5 g

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183 comments on “Split Pea Soup with Ham”

  1. Pretty much the same recipe I always use except I add thyme and occasionally one or two chopped up potatoes. My family loves it!

    1. A big hit with the family! The best pea soup we’ve eaten. This will definitely be our “go to” recipe for split pea soup. Threw in a bay leaf for a a little additional flavor.

  2. This has been my go-to split pea soup recipe for several years now. It’s consistently delicious and I always give a couple of bowls to my neighbor/dear friend because it’s her favorite.  I add 2 tbsp. dry sherry and 2 tsp. ground thyme for added flavor.

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    Doreen Chance

    Delicious soup…I love pea soup, the last two attemps to make it were disapointing (one where the peas would not soften) ..this recipe was easy and so delicious.. I’m on my third bowl. 🙂 ,love it!
    thank you,

  4. Made this…delicious. Followed the recipe exactly without a problem. For me, it took almost 3 hours of cooking for the peas to be nice and soft and the soup sufficiently thickened. I also added barley, which I love, for more oomph after 1 1/2 hours of cooking. Definitely a winner ! 

  5. I already made ham stock with water and the bone. Do you think I could use 4 cups of that and 4 cups of soup stock?

  6. I bought fresh pork hocks. Hoping that will be ok to use in the soup. Also added some liquid smoke.

  7. Don’t add the hamhock directly with the peas. It falls apart and it is too hard to fish out the inedible pieces of skin. It makes the soup a chore to eat. Instead cook the hamhock separately with the broth for a while for it to soak up the ham flavor. Then remove the hamhock, cut it up, remove and throw away the skin and bone and fat (hamhock fat does not dissolvinto the soup) and add the cut up meat back in.

    1. Hi,
      I’m not a big time chef by any means, and actually had the same question as you.  I came to the conclusion that it should continue to be covered given the other recipes for slow cooker/pressure cooker are both covered.  Actually just making it now so we’ll see how it turns out.

  8. Love pea soup – but not able to find split peas – yellow or green. Can I use split yellow chickpeas instead?

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    Kathleen Meyer

    I made mine in the crockpot and it seems very watery and salty. I didn’t add any extra salt. How can l save it

  10. I swapped half of the peas with green lentils and it turned out absolutely delicious! Will make again!!!

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    Tonya Hazelton

    I’m soooooo glad I found this sight…..going to do the split pea soup in the crockpot today….Farmer’s Market……LOVE OREGON’S FARMER’S MARKET’S.
    IT’S WONDERFUL EATING HEALTHY 💜😊 Enjoy these recipes with your fam. THANK YOU……NOW LOOKING FOR POTATO SOUP????

  12. Which split peas do you use? The yellow split peas I got at Walmart are 55 points for 2 1/4 cup (16oz)