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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 Quarts
Calories: 1577kcal
Author: Eden


  • 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


  • 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. 


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.


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