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Easy Split Pea Soup with Ham

5 7 5
WW Freestyle: 5
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Smoky, hearty, and full of protein, this Easy Split Pea Soup with Ham is a meal worth savoring!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


  • Stove


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) dried split peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • pound ham hocks or a meaty ham bone
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Heat olive oil and melt butter in a large pot or dutch oven set over medium-high heat.
  • Add chopped celery, carrots, and onions; cook for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and water.
  • Stir in split peas, bay leaves, thyme, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Don’t use too much salt because the ham hocks are already salty.
  • Add ham hocks to the pot and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and let simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. The soup is ready when the peas are soft. Start checking it for doneness around the 55-minute mark.
  • Remove ham from soup and let rest for several minutes, or until cooled enough to handle. Then, shred or chop up the meat into smaller pieces. Discard bones and skin.
  • Add chopped ham back into the soup. Cook for a minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Taste soup for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Ladle soup into bowls.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.
Keywords: homemade soup, pea and ham soup, split pea soup with ham hock