Split Pea Soup Recipe

My husband suggested split pea soup the other day which is something I’ve actually never had before. So, I had to give it a try! I’m really excited for you guys to try this split pea soup recipe because I was blown away by how good it tasted.

This split pea soup recipe is made completely on stove-top and takes about 2 hours to complete. Some brands require you to soak the dried split peas overnight or for a few hours before cooking. This is NOT mandatory at all, but from what I’ve researched online, it COULD cut the total cooking time by about an hour. I haven’t tested this theory yet, but if I do, I’ll let you know.

Personally, I didn’t mind that it took about 2 hours to finish because I felt like it gave the soup a much better flavor. The time spent simmering on the stove-top allowed the juices of the ham to marinade and thicken the split pea soup. Along with the ham, this split pea soup recipe is loaded with the perfect combination of vegetables and spices. Fragrant garlic pairs perfectly with celery and onions making the split pea soup extra savory. A simple, yet delicious mix of spices is also added to blend impeccably with the ham and pea flavor combo.

Split pea soup pairs great with a nice Italian garlic bread or cheesy French baguette. You can also add toppings such as oyster crackers or green onions (as you can see from my photos). Follow my super easy recipe for this split pea soup below and let me know your results in the comments. Enjoy!


Split Pea Soup Recipe

Course: Main Course, Sides & SaladsDifficulty: Easy


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This split pea soup is loaded with the perfect combination of ham, vegetables and spices. Fragrant garlic pairs perfectly with celery and onions making this soup extra savory.


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 Tbs olive oil

  • 2 celery sticks, chopped

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 8 oz baby carrots, chopped

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • ¼ tsp crushed thyme

  • 16 oz split peas

  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ½ lbs fully cooked boneless carving ham (diced into pieces)


  • Add the olive oil and minced garlic to a large pot. Heat on medium for about 2 minutes
  • Add all the chopped vegetables to the pot and mix well
  • Add all spices to the pot and mix again. Let cook about 3 minutes
  • Add the split peas, chicken stock and water. Mix, cover with lid and simmer on low-medium heat for about 10 minutes
  • Add the diced ham and mix well. Cover with lid again and continue simmering for about 1 ½ hours.
  • Remove lid and simmer for 20 more minutes uncovered, mixing occasionally, *IF SOUP IS TOO THICK FOR YOUR LIKING, YOU CAN ADD WATER OR MORE CHICKEN STOCK TO LOOSEN IT UP.
  • Serve with oyster crackers or bread if desired. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 8.7g 14%
    • Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
  • Cholesterol 45mg 15%
  • Sodium 1545mg 65%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 1401mg 41%
  • Total Carbohydrate 40.4g 14%
    • Dietary Fiber 15.6g 63%
    • Sugars 8.7g
  • Protein 28.6g 58%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 18%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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