Split Pea Soup Recipe


We had a big leftover spiral ham bone from Christmas! If you don’t have a leftover bone, you could just chop up some fresh ham to add.

In the pot went:

  • 6 cups water
  • 16 oz bag split peas
  • Leftover ham bone
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Thyme, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a cup of half and half

Simmer first 6 ingredients for 1.5 hours or so. Remove bone. Add cream at the end.

Quote the husband: “This is the BEST split pea soup I’ve ever had!!!”

It was rich enough that I didn’t need the volume to feel happy:


Ham “falling off the bone.” I’m not a huge meat eater, but this did taste good:
I packaged up the leftovers into four portions: one big, one small for eating for lunch in the next day or so and one big and one small to freeze for later. Guess who gets the big and who gets the small :)


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal October 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I was looking for a good soup to make this past weekend and I stumbled upon this recipe…let me just say it got rave reviews in the Davis / Collins household!!


2 Kath October 15, 2008 at 5:49 am

Hi Crystal!,
I LOVE this one too. Every time we had a ham bone we make it. Actually I think it’s in my meal plan for this weekend!



3 ri'chele March 12, 2009 at 7:56 am

Delicious. We modified a bit, added a grilled chopped yellow bell pepper (very scorched) and a teaspoon of soy sauce to replace the smoky and salty in a meatless version. Thank you!


4 Ashlyn February 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hey Kath,

I actually made some delicious ham + split pea soup last night! I add five potatoes, cubed, and five carrots. The potatoes add a nice thickness and creaminess. Its really great I would give it a try!


5 Elisa December 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Oh-My-Word! Delicious!


6 [email protected] January 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

Funny story – I was searching Recipage for split peas recipes, and yours came up! I used it, with few modifications. But I love that the recipe came from one of my favorite bloggers, via another of my favorites. Thanks to you, and Emily!


7 spicegirl January 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

I made this soup last night, it was so easy and delicious! Thanks for posting.


8 Jacki February 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Wow, that looks so good! How much ham would you recommend if we don’t have a ham bone? Thanks :)


9 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Maybe a cup chopped? More if you like!


10 Carla April 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Do you think if I added a little onion it would affect/change the flavor? I usually cook with a little onion because I feel like it brings flavors out, even if I don’t [want to] taste the onion. I’ve never made split pea soup before and I really want it to come out the traditional, right way!


11 Jeanne April 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

Hi! I’m from South Africa and I am not sure what “half-and-half” is? But I really do love your blog!


12 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

It’s a light cream… Not as thick as heavy cream


13 jelli February 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Just thought I’d tell you that this has been my go-to recipe for about 2 years. Love it so much. I generally double the veggies and serve it both with and without the bone and it’s still delish.


14 Sandra January 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I love this soup and have also made it with hot Italian sausage instead of ham. Try adding potatoes (cubed), clove instead of thyme and cabbage (thinly chopped) for a variation.


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