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15 Best Split Pea Soup Recipes: Cozy Split Pea Soup and More

This homemade split pea soup is easy to make and the perfect hearty soup for colder months. Flavored with fresh herbs, and a classic smokiness from ham. Plus 14 other split pea soup recipes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :1 hour
Total Time :1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces diced onion (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) dry green split peas
  • 1 (32 ounce) box chicken stock
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small ham shank preferred, or 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste


  • In a stock pot, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery to pot with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes until vegetables are softened and onions are translucent. Add garlic and split peas, and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme, and black pepper to the pot. Add ham shank. Bring soup to a boil, stir thoroughly then turn heat down to a simmer and cover.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally. After 45 minutes of cooking, remove ham shank so that you can let lightly cool, then shred meat off the bone. Add meat to pot (if you are using diced ham, add it now), then simmer soup for another 10-15 minutes, until split peas have started to break apart, are very soft, and desired thickness of your soup has been reached, adding 1/2 to 1 cup water. When desired thickness is achieved, discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Stir in vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Taste and adjust salt by 1/4 teaspoon increments if needed.
  • Serve with crusty bread or croutons!
  • Leftovers keep well in covered container in refrigerator for 4 days. When reheating, add water to loosen.