Split pea soup is a thick and hearty soup made primarily from split peas, typically green or yellow split peas. It’s a popular dish in many cultures, particularly in North America and Europe. To make split pea soup, dried split peas are simmered with various ingredients such as onions, carrots, celery, and sometimes ham or bacon for added flavor.

Split Pea Soup

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The peas break down during cooking, resulting in a thick and creamy texture. It’s often seasoned with herbs and spices such as thyme, bay leaves, and black pepper. Split pea soup is known for its comforting and satisfying qualities, making it a favorite during cold weather or as a simple and nutritious meal option.


  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) dried split peas (green or yellow)

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or water)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Optional: Ham hock, ham bone, or cooked ham for added flavor (about 1-2 cups diced)


  • Rinse the split peas under cold water and remove any debris or stones.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat a bit of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth (or water) and add the rinsed split peas, bay leaf, and dried thyme to the pot. If using, add the ham hock, ham bone, or diced ham.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the split peas are tender and the soup has thickened. If the soup becomes too thick, you can add more broth or water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Once the split peas are fully cooked, remove the bay leaf and any large pieces of ham bone or ham hock if used. If you added diced ham, it can remain in the soup.
  • Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • If desired, you can use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup for a smoother consistency, or leave it chunky if you prefer.
  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs if desired. Enjoy your homemade split pea soup!

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