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Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup

This tasty split pea soup with ham from Chef John is rich and hearty with a subtle smoky flavor; a super satisfying way to use leftover ham.
Makes:8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound dried split peas, rinsed
  • 1 pound ham, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2½ cups water
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


Prep:15 mCook:90 mReady:1 h 45 m
  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Stir in celery, onion, and sliced garlic; cook and stir until onions are translucent but not brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in split peas, ham, and bay leaf. Pour in chicken stock and water; stir to combine and simmer until peas are tender and soup has thickened, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.

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