Nothing tastes better after a long day of work or school than a hot and hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup! 

Split pea soup with ham and vegetables is the best way to feed a hungry family on a few pennies. It’s also a great way to use leftover ham or veggies from your fridge! And there is nothing better with split pea and ham soup than a thick slice of no knead bread with some honey butter

White bowl full of split pea and ham soup garnished with parsley


Follow Our Zesty Life on Pinterest for more great recipes and ideas!

PIN this Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe to your Soup and Stews board!

How to Make Split Pea and Ham Soup

Green split pea and ham soup is a tried and true recipe. It cooks to perfection in a Dutch oven!

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. 
  2. Simmer covered until beans and veggies are soft.
  3. Remove ham hock and take the meat off the bone.
  4. Add ham back into the soup and continue to cook on low until it reaches your desired thickness.

Don’t forget to remove the bay leaf before serving.

Dry Ingredients for Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe in a pot with a bowl of broth on the side

What to Serve with Split Pea and Ham Soup?

Every amazing soup needs equally amazing sides to go with those wonderful flavors.

Try it with these delicious cornbread muffins and a red leaf salad with a lemon vinaigrette that will pair perfectly!

How to Thicken Split Pea and Ham Soup

The easiest way to thicken split pea with ham soup is to blend it with an immersion blender. Be careful not to blend for too long, or soup will turn to purée!

Or, remove a cup or two and blend in a counter top blender (like a Vitamix), then add it back into the soup.

Another way to thicken split pea with ham soup is to puree cooked potatoes and add them to the soup, mixing thoroughly.

Spoonful of split pea and ham soup with parsley

How to Store the Soup

Split pea and ham soup is super easy to store and reheat!

  • To Refrigerate: Store the soup in an airtight container. It should last about a week! 
  • To Freeze: Chill and then ladle into zip top bags or Stasher Bags with the date on it. Lay the bags flat on the bottom of the freezer until frozen, then store right side up, like books, to save space in the freezer! 

How to Reheat Split Pea Soup

Reheating split pea soup is easy peasy!

Microwave: Reheat in a microwave-safe bowl. Refresh flavors by adding salt and pepper or a dash of hot sauce!

Stove top: Reheat on a lower heat, stir and adjust the seasonings as desired.

Split pea and ham soup in a white bowl with a spoon

Tips for Success

  • Healthy and super creamy, homemade split pea and ham soup can definitely be made in the Instant Pot or the Crockpot slow cooker instead of a Dutch oven. Any which way, the prep is quick and easy!
  • Before cooking, be sure to thoroughly rinse the peas. Rinsing helps to rid them of foam, plus it’s a good way to find debris that may be hiding in the package.
  • The vegetables in this soup include onions, carrots, and celery (like a mirepoix). Feel free to up the veggies to make the dish your own!
White bowl full of split pea and ham soup garnished with parsley
5 from 26 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Split Pea and Ham Soup is a hearty, budget-friendly soup full of fresh veggies!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author Candace



  • 2 cups dried green split peas
  • 1 meaty ham bone or leftover ham
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons parsley fresh or dried
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 celery diced
  • 2 large carrot diced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt optional, to taste


  • Rinse peas and drain well.
  • In a large pot, combine peas, ham, broth, water, bay leaf, and parsley. Add in onion, celery, carrots, thyme, pepper, and salt (if using). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 1 ½ hours. Stir once, about half way through.
  • Remove bay leaf and discard. Remove ham bone and chop meat. Add meat back to soup and cook on low 15-30 minutes or until reaches your desired consistency.
5 from 26 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 253 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 865mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4197IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

Pin this easy Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe!

White bowl full of split pea and ham soup garnished with parsley with writing

Adapted from Spend With Pennies


, ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
See more posts by Candace

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


    1. Sure could! I’d cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours. About 1-2 hours before serving, remove ham bone, chop meat, and add the meat back to the slow cooker. Enjoy Renate!