Best Split Pea Soup with Ham

Sunday, January 31, 2021
Easy to make and comforting split pea soup with Ham was a favorite growing up.

This inexpensive soup kept us warm during those cold blustery snow months in Upstate New York.

Grandma always seemed to get the right flavors when it came to soups.

If you love this soup, you might want to take a peek at my Best Soup Roundup of Recipes!

Soups can be made on the stovetop, slow-cooked in a crockpot, and even in the instant pot on the pressure cooker mode when in a hurry.

One of the best-kept secrets is just saving a ham bone from a holiday meal.

I usually throw the bone in a freezer bag and make this with it, or even save a pork shoulder bone that will also make it very flavorful, just save the bone!

For those who are huge bean lovers, you may also like to try my 20 Different Bean Recipe Roundup.

Scroll down to the bottom to get this printable delicious easy soup recipe.

this is a bowl of split pea soup with hearty thickness of vegetables in it like potatoes, carrots onions and broth.

Not a Fan of Ham with Split Peas?

You can add other beans, vegetables it, or meats like Italian sausage, and kielbasa, and back in the 1950s depression days, grandma even added sliced hotdogs in it or whatever leftover meat we had.

This split pea soup with ham in it has just basic flavors so any kinds of beans you use will work great if you're not fond of peas.

Best Split Pea Soup with Ham

  • split peas
  • cubed ham or ham bone
  • unsalted butter
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • celery
  • carrots
  • fresh garlic
  • salt
  • sugar
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • parsley
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • fresh thyme
  • chicken broth
  • hot sauce optional

Other Additions and Suggestions

  1. add more water if the soup gets too thick or chicken broth 
  2. other meats to use: pork, crumbled bacon, steak, pork sausage, kielbasa, hotdogs
  3. use a package or 15 beans soup instead of just peas
  4. slow cookers, instant pot or stovetop all can be used following the manufacturer's suggestions

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Split Pea Soup is a Super Comfort Food

What's better than soup at any time of the year.

Soup is pure comfort food.

Whether it's Old Fashioned Chicken soup that's perfect for the common cold or this delicious Best Split Pea Soup with Ham, it will surely hit the spot for all the split pea lovers out there.

This hearty soup, just like potato soup,  makes an impression on everyone, it's a keeper.

Best Split Pea Soup with Ham

Best Split Pea Soup with Ham

Yield: 10
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
This is a hearty green split pea soup and for those who do not like these peas can substitute lentils and even white beans. A thick hearty comfort soup.


  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 pound of chopped cubes of ham and a ham bone if you have it from leftovers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onions ( I do not use them for allergy reasons I have )
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley, garlic powder, basil dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons hot sauce optional


How to cook Best Split Pea Soup with Ham

  1. Place the peas in a large pot or bowl, cover with water by 2 inches and soak overnight. Drain the peas and set them aside.
  2. Place ham and ham bone if you have it, in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic (onions if you're using them) and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, celery, and carrots and cook, stirring, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add the ham bone if using, ham cubes and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown. Add the drained peas, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes, and the rest of the spices, herbs.
  5. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
  6. Add 8 cups of chicken broth, thyme, optional hot sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, about 1 hour. (Add more chicken broth or water as needed, if the soup becomes too thick or dry.)
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2021.