Split Pea Soup With Ham

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes

This stovetop split pea soup with ham recipe takes minutes to prepare and can simmer all afternoon. Warm, delicious, and loaded in fiber and protein.

Spoonful of split pea soup with ham scaled

Anyone else love soup season as much as I do? Healthy, affordable, and oh-so-comforting, I love getting cozy with a warm bowl of soup as the temps drop. Granted, you know I still enjoy soup when it’s warm outside. But soup is a great way to use up any leftovers you may have sitting in your fridge! That’s one way you can make my Split Pea Soup with Ham, which is hearty, smoky, and full of chunky vegetables. The best part is that it literally takes minutes to prepare, and can sit and simmer all afternoon.

Ingredients

  • Carrots: A bit sweet in flavor, carrots are hearty so they hold up well in soups. They’re also a great source of many vitamins, including vitamin A and antioxidants.
  • Onion: I use a yellow onion usually, as it caramelizes quickly and is mild in flavor.
  • Celery: While it doesn’t add much in flavor, celery really shows up with it’s nutritional value. Great source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate.
  • Oregano: Earthy, somewhat minty, and pungent flavor for the soup.
  • Bay leaves: While you don’t eat a bay leaf, adding them to your soups and stews adds a wonderful aromatic flavor to the broth.
  • Garlic: Pungent, nutty, somewhat spicy flavor, cooking the garlic helps it to sweeten.
  • Split green peas: Split peas are shelled, dried, and split, making them easy to store, and easy to cook later! Earthy and savory in taste, they’re a great source of protein and fiber.
  • Ham hock: Great for soups and stews, because the meat is still on the bone, it adds stronger flavor. However, you can use ham of any kind. I feel like leftover ham from Christmas or Easter is great for this dish.
  • Chicken broth: I always use low sodium broth, but it makes for a flavorful base for the soup.

How to Make Split Pea Soup with Ham

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Prepare for your split pea soup with ham by preparing your vegetables. Peel and dice your onion and carrots, and chop your celery.

Sauteing vegetables

Then in the bottom of a large pot, spray with cooking spray or some olive oil and sauté the onion, celery, and carrots until onion begins to caramelize..

Seasoning tagine with salt

Season with salt and black pepper. Then stir in the oregano, garlic, and bay leaves and continue to sauté until aromatic.

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Then add the split peas and the ham to the pot.

Adding broth to stew

Pour in the broth and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes until peas are tender.

Split pea soup scaled

Check for seasoning, remove the bay leaves and any bones, then serve and enjoy your Split Pea Soup with Ham! Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook split peas without soaking?

Soaking your split peas overnight can reduce cook time, but isn’t necessary. Some say that it helps make them easier to digest as well.

What is a ham hock?

The ham hock is a part of the pig’s leg, and is a kind of bone-in pork product you can find at the grocery store. They are also called pork knuckles in some areas.

What can I substitute ham hock with?

You can easily use pork shank or ham bone instead of a ham hock, depending on what you can find.

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A simple way to feed your family, you could also try it in the slow cooker! However you make it, I know you’ll enjoy my Split Pea Soup with Ham.

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Split pea soup

Split Pea Soup With Ham

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This stovetop split pea soup with ham recipe takes minutes to prepare and can simmer all afternoon. Warm, delicious, and loaded in fiber and protein.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 3 carrots (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups split green peas (dried and sorted)
  • 1 smoked ham hock (or ham or bacon)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Saute carrots, onion and celery in a large soup pot over medium high heat using non stick spray.
  • Season with salt and pepper before adding oregano, bay and garlic.
  • Saute 60 more seconds then add peas and ham hock.
  • Season with a bit more salt and pepper then add in broth and water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 45 minutes until peas are tender.
  • Check for seasoning and add salt or pepper if needed.
  • Remove ham hock and bay leaves before serving with a splash of balsamic on top to taste.

Notes

Excellent source of Vitamin A and Iron, good source Vitamin C and calcium

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 68.2gProtein: 27.1gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1438mgFiber: 25g

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24 responses to “Split Pea Soup With Ham”

  1. Herbie Avatar
    Herbie

    Much better pureed. Remove the ham hock & cut & shred it before returning it to the pot.

  2. Denise Avatar
    Denise

    Hi! What do you mean by dried and sorted for the split peas? Also do you pull the meat off the ham hock after simmering for 45 minutes? Your soup looks like it has chunks of ham in it! Looks so good! Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You want to sort through the split peas to make sure no rocks! Yes i would pull the meat off when it’s tender. :)

  3. N Claison Avatar
    N Claison

    Cub Grocery sells “pork hocks.” How are they different from ham hocks? I don’t like the nitrate/nitrite chemicals used to smoke pork, and their pork hocks are not smoked. Will pork hocks make this soup taste different than ham hocks?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      either would work!!

  4. Megan Stevens Avatar
    Megan Stevens

    Mmm, one of my favorite comfort food soups!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So so good!

  5. Anne Lawton Avatar
    Anne Lawton

    This soup looks so good, and I love that this soup looks more like a stew.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes totally!! Happy new Year Anne!

  6. Catherine Baez Sholl Avatar
    Catherine Baez Sholl

    I love split peas! I grew up in the Dominican Republic eating them with rice pretty often. This soup looks amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oooo that sounds so good!

  7. STACEY CRAWFORD Avatar
    STACEY CRAWFORD

    I haven’t had split pea and ham soup since I was a kid! Looks so darn good! Perfect for cold weather.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Isnt it the best? Total comfort!

  8. Renee D Kohley Avatar
    Renee D Kohley

    My girls just adore split pea soup, and how special with that leftover ham hock it must be! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  9. Jean Avatar
    Jean

    This looks so delicious! Ham hocks make such a great hearty addition to soup. Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  10. Lindsey Dietz Avatar
    Lindsey Dietz

    Total comfort food! I’ve never cooked with split peas before, but this is inspiring me!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

  11. Raia Todd Avatar
    Raia Todd

    Sounds like comfort food!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  12. LC Avatar
    LC

    Interested in trying out this recipe but I am wondering…what does c mean as a measurement, e.g. 2 c water / 2 c split green peas?

    Thank you.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Forgive me – it means cups! I will update the recipe to make it more clear.

      1. LC Avatar
        LC

        No worries. Thanks for your prompt reply :)

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.