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two bowls of split pea soup , with salt and pepper dishes to their left.

Cozy Split Pea Soup

This easy-to-make split pea soup is cozy, comforting, and full of fantastic flavor. The ham adds smokiness, while the split peas and vegetables are the stars. The soup freezes well, too!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :45 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces diced onion (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) diced celery
  • 2 ounces  (about 1/2 cup) diced carrot
  • 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/shredded 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 and 1/2 cup water (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 (but not total mush - taste to see if they are softened to your liking), and desired thickness of your soup has been reached. You can add up to another 1/2 cup water if you'd like. 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.