A Delicious Split Pea Soup Recipe

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This is one of the best split pea soup recipes! The ingredients simmer in one large pot and the soup is full of flavor. It’s the perfect soup recipe year round.

Split pea soup with bay leaf, potatoes and carrots.

If you’re looking for a healthy, one pot soup we have the perfect solution. A bowl of our delicious split pea soup! We like to make this on a beautiful, brisk spring day or as a side dish for Eater brunch. It makes for the best leftovers the next day with a warm biscuit.

For a wonderful split pea soup recipe and other answers to your questions, read on!

How to Make Split Pea Soup from Scratch

Carrots, dried peas, pay leaf, chicken broth, ham, onion, potatoes and garlic

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Yukon Potatoes
  • Dried Split Peas
  • Smoked Ham
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Bay Leaf

Directions

Chop – First chop all of the vegetables and cube the ham.

Wash & Rinse Peas – It’s important to rinse the peas well as you want to remove any rocks or dirt that may have gotten in there.

Sauté – In a large pot, sauté the potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic with butter until they’re soft.

Combine – Add in the peas, ham, water, chicken broth, salt & pepper, thyme and bay leaf to the pot.

Boil – Bring the ingredients to a boil, then let them simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours.

The soup will thicken as it simmers. If it’s too thick, add more broth to the recipe.

To make this soup vegetarian, swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and remove the ham from the recipe.

Split pea soup recipe with fresh bay leaf

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

One of the most important questions asked about split pea soup is if it’s healthy or not.

Split peas are actually green beans, just processed differently. Green beans are very nutritious and have vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Other nutrients include folate, thiamin, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

Split pea soup is also rich in fiber and protein, which is great for weight loss!

What Happens if You Don’t Rinse Split Peas?

If you don’t rinse your split peas before cooking them, you might end up with some dirt particles in your soup. There might also be some stones mixed in, so you’ll also want to take the time to pick them out.

Do Split Peas Need to Be Soaked Before Cooking?

No, split peas don’t need to be soaked before cooking. Only beans need to be soaked before you use them in a recipe.

How Much Water Do You Soak Split Peas In?

You shouldn’t be soaking your split peas before cooking. However, while simmering, you’ll want to have 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of split peas. You should add half a teaspoon of salt too.

Why Are My Split Peas Not Softening?

Your split peas might not be softening if they’re very old. This can cause them to dry out.

Also, the water you’re using might be the problem. Hard water can have lots of minerals, which prevent your split peas from softening.

split pea soup in a white bowl

How Do You Thicken Pea Soup?

If your pea soup is too runny, not to worry! There are a few things to try.

First, let it simmer a little longer as the soup thickens while it cooks.

Try pureeing the soup in your blender or food processor. Or you add a cornstarch slurry to thicken things up.

How to Store Split Pea Soup

If you want easy access to your soup, you can put it in plastic lidded containers. Otherwise, you can store them in the freezer in containers or bags.

How Long Will Split Pea Soup Last?

Refrigerated split pea soup will last up to a week. For frozen soup, it’ll last up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Split Pea Soup

To reheat split pea soup, simply warm it up gently in a saucepan on the stovetop. If you’ve frozen your soup, thaw it overnight in the fridge. You can also gently warm on the stovetop straight from the freezer too!

Enjoy Your Delicious Split Pea Soup

Now you have more info about split pea soup. By keeping all these things in mind while following our recipe, you’ll be able to make a fantastic split pea soup with ham!

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Split Pea Soup

This is one of the best split pea soup recipes! The ingredients simmer in one large pot and the soup is full of flavor. It's the perfect soup recipe year round.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 2 Quarts
Calories: 1577kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 stick
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup celery , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1 lb dried split peas , rinsed and sorted to remove rocks and dirt
  • 8 oz smoked ham, already cooked from the store
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp thyme, fresh and chopped
  • 6 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Chop – First chop all of the vegetables and cube the ham. 
    chopped vegetables
  • Wash & Rinse Peas – It’s important to rinse the peas well as you want to remove any rocks or dirt that may have gotten in there. 
    split peas
  • Sauté – In a large pot, sauté the potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic with butter until they’re soft. 
    vegetables in a large pot
  • Combine – Add in the peas, ham, water, chicken broth, salt & pepper, thyme and bay leaf to the pot. 
    making split pea soup in a large pot
  • Boil – Bring the ingredients to a boil, then let them simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours. 

Notes

The soup will thicken as it simmers. If it’s too thick, add more broth to the recipe.
To make this soup vegetarian, swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and remove the ham from the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 1577kcal | Carbohydrates: 197g | Protein: 85g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 5490mg | Potassium: 4514mg | Fiber: 68g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 13041IU | Vitamin C: 121mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 16mg
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3 thoughts on “A Delicious Split Pea Soup Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    One bite of this soup totally brought back my childhood! I’m going to make this again for my parents for Easter!

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