split pea soup in a white bowl with croutons

Split Pea Soup With Ham

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This delicious, comforting split pea soup with ham is a delicious way to transform your leftovers into another meal!



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of split peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 ham bone from an 8-10 pound ham, with extra ham on the bone (if you don’t) have a ham bone, get 2 large ham hocks from the butcher department and a 1 pound ham steak)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 pound diced leftover ham (can use a 1 pound ham steak from the store if you don’t have leftover ham)
  • Croutons for topping


  1. Add the butter and olive oil to a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the celery, onions and carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  2. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, cumin and thyme and then add the split peas that have been rinsed and picked through. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the water and chicken stock. Add the ham bone and the bay leaves then bring the soup to a boil.
  3. Turn down the heat to a simmer, partially cover the pot and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. After cooking for an hour, check to see if the peas are tender. Usually you’ll need another 15-30 minutes, but just check the consistency of the peas after the first hour.
  5. When the peas are tender, remove the ham bone to a board to cool. Remove any extra ham from the ham bone and add it back to the soup along with the 3/4 pound diced ham.
  6. Remove the bay leaves and serve the soup topped with croutons.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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