Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup

Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup

Chef John 21724

"With the slightly sweet, somewhat salty, and subtly smoky flavor of the ham, this hearty soup is the ideal fall or winter soup -- a great one for lunches, or as a starter for dinner."


1 h 50 m servings 374 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 374 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 37g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 25.1 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 1187 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Stir in onion, celery, and sliced garlic. Cook slowly until the onions are translucent but not brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Mix in ham, bay leaf, and split peas. Pour in chicken stock and water. Stir to combine, and simmer slowly until the peas are tender and the soup is thick, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.
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  1. 99 Ratings


Try this with the addition of Masoor Dal (red, split lentils). The lentils tend to disintegrate and give the soup a thickness that's quite appealing.

Amazing, I've never made split pea soup. I added a little veg oil instead of butter. I did cook the diced onions and diced celery until it was translucent. I did add green onions as well. Then a...

I'd give this soup 100 stars if I could!! I found Chef John's recipe on Foodwishes.com and made it at least 5 times now. Even when I double the recipe it doesn't hang around long enough for me...

declared delicious and the best pea soup i have made. added two carrots and more broth to thin soup before serving. yum!

A Keeper! I enjoy split pea soup very much. I thought this was the best I've ever had. My wife who is not a soup fan at all (any kind of soup) found this delicious. The flavors really were as Ch...

We loved it.

pretty bland. Needed to cook much longer than 1 hour 15 minutes for peas to be fully cooked.

Used left over Christmas ham and it was awesome! I used no fat reduced sodium chicken broth so I used all broth instead of broth + water.

DELISH!! I have been making Pea Soup the same way for over 20 years and I have never ever "sweat" the onion, celery and garlic prior to adding the ingredients in the order of this recipe and I ...