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Split Pea Soup

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Split Pea Soup like mom used to make with tender split peas, smoked ham bone and vegetables. Enjoy a hot bowl of this hearty, protein packed and affordable soup on a cold winter day!

Our other favorite high fiber soup recipes are pressure cooker black bean soup and pressure cooker lentil soup.

green split pea soup in a bowl garnished with green onion

Split Pea Soup Recipe

Hearty homemade split pea soup! Its ingredients are simple and versatile. Make with smoked ham bone, cubed fresh meat or ham, affordable soup bones or it is perfect for turkey leftovers.

Along with borscht, beef barley soup and chicken noodle soup, my mom and grandma had split pea soup on their regular dinner rotation. In Ukraine, we served it with homemade croutons.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada and I used roasted turkey liquids from the bottom of the pan and meat to give my mom’s split pea soup recipe a makeover on the blog.

a pot of green pea soup

Ingredients for Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup can be vegetarian or with meat.

  • Meat: A ham bone, any soup bones or turkey (carcass) leftovers. That’s what adds richness for the best split pea soup. But good old chicken works.
  • Split peas: Green or yellow split peas and no need to soak. Split peas might look like green lentils to some but they are not. Both are legumes but lentils cook much faster.
  • Vegetables: Onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. In Ukraine we didn’t have celery but added diced potatoes to soup recipes. I suspect because everyone grew their own potatoes.
  • Fresh herbs for garnish: Dill, parsley or green onion are great. If I had to choose, I would pick parsley.
  • Umami flavor for vegetarian pea soup: If you want to make vegetarian or vegan pea soup without ham bone, season with 1 tbsp smoked paprika at the end. It adds a lot of umami flavour.

How to Make Split Pea Soup

There is detailed recipe card below. If you have Instant Pot, make my pressure cooker split pea soup instead.

  • Saute veggies: I recommend to use large pot or dutch oven you can saute veggies in and add remaining ingredients to make a one pot meal. If not, skillet and pot works too. Saute onion, carrots and celery for 5 minutes. green split pea soup
  • Add meat, water and seasonings: Add soup bones (meat), water, bay leaves and peppercorns. It is important to bring this mixture to a boil to reduce cook time. Also skim any foam with a mesh strainer. I used leftover turkey bones with meat and a few cups of juices + fat from roasting the turkey. Or skip all together and use smoked paprika to season the soup. leftover meat and broth to make split pea soup
  • Cook soup: Add split peas, bring soup to a boil again and cook for 1 – 1.5 hours or until split peas are soft and partially broken down. how to cook green split peas
  • Season: After discard bay leaves and season with pepper and garnish with green onion, dill or parsley. Season more to taste, if necessary.

homemade green pea soup

Serving, Storing and Reheating

Serving: Just like lentil soup, split pea soup is high in fiber and carbohydrates, so it is quite filling on its own. Men and kids who require more calories, can enjoy it with a toast or crackers. In Ukraine, my aunt served soup with croutons.

Storing and reheating: Split pea soup can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Keep in mind it thickens within few hours after cooking and in the fridge afterwards. Just reheat desired amount in a pot on low heat while stirring. You will see soup slowly becoming of original consistency.

Freezing: Pea soup freezes beautifully because there are no tender veggies. I recommend not to add potatoes to a pea soup if you plan on freezing. Once thawed, potatoes do not taste good.

Pea soup is a one pot meal on its own that sticks to your ribs. Enjoy!

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green split pea soup in blue bowl with golden spoon and crackers

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup {Ukrainian Recipe}

Split Pea Soup like mom used to make with tender split peas, smoked ham bone and vegetables. Enjoy a hot bowl of this hearty, protein packed and affordable soup on a cold winter day!
4.95 from 18 votes
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Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green or yellow split peas rinsed & drained
  • 1-2 lbs ham bone, any soup bones or turkey (carcass) leftovers
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Green onion dill or parsley, for garnish
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika for vegetarian version only

Instructions

  • Preheat large pot or dutch oven on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, carrots and celery; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Split Pea Soup
  • Add soup bones/meat (if making vegetarian - skip), water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and skim foam (if any) with a mesh strainer.
  • Add split peas and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 1 - 1.5 hours or until split peas are soft and partially broken down.
    Split Pea Soup
  • Season with pepper and garnish with green onion, dill or parsley. Serve hot.
    Split Pea Soup

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep in mind it thickens within few hours after cooking and in the fridge afterwards. Just reheat desired amount in a pot on low heat while stirring. You will see soup slowly becoming of original consistency.

    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

      Notes

      • Split peas: Green or yellow split peas and no need to soak. Split peas might look like green lentils to some but they are not. Both are legumes but lentils cook much faster.
      • Vegetables: Onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. In Ukraine we didn't have celery but added diced potatoes. I suspect because everyone grew their own potatoes.
      • Fresh herbs for garnish: Dill, parsley or green onion are great. If I had to choose, I would pick parsley.
      • Umami flavor for vegetarian pea soup: If you want to make vegetarian or vegan pea soup without ham bone, season with smoked paprika at the end. It adds a lot of umami flavour.
      • Serving: Split pea soup is high in fiber and carbohydrates, so it is quite filling on its own. Men and kids who require more calories, can enjoy it with a toast or crackers. In Ukraine, my aunt served soup with croutons.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1cup | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2834IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg
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      1. Forgot to mention you need to cook the ham hocks to soften before adding peas just finished cooking your recipe peas are Cooked ham hock,actually smoked turkey are still tough.

        1. I’m going to make this Tomorrow. Sounds Perfect and Low Sodium I have A Hickory Smoked Ham so I’ll add some of that to it ……..and extra Carrots ….they Go so We in Split Pea Soup……Thank You …..I’m glad I saw this

      2. 5 stars
        Always a hit when I make it for my family. I have made it for my friends and extended family and they are always requesting I send more. It is great with home made bagels or tea biscuits.

      3. 5 stars
        Looks amazing! I made mine with portugese sausage because I live in Hawaii. Came out delish!!! Mahalo for your recipe.

        1. 5 stars
          The soup came out delicious and I made cornbread and a fresh salad. Thank You so much for the recipe. Be safe and take care of your family. ????

        2. That sounds delicious with the sausage instead of the ham !! I’ll try this next time .. thank you have a great day .

      4. 5 stars
        Absolutely delicious.,I’m vegan so I skipped the meat, I had no celery, it still came out divine.

      5. 5 stars
        Delicious. I just made this recipe for dinner ..and I like it very much. I definitely would do more of your recipes..

      6. When do you take out the chicken bones? Do you need to strain it somehow?
        (I’m making this right now and realized I didn’t quite understand that step.)

        1. You don’t have to strain anything. Remove bones after cooking. We don’t. We serve into bowls and everyone removes their own bones. Enjoy!

          1. 5 stars
            Thank you! It turned out great, though I did cook it longer.
            I also had some leftover vegetable broth that I braised pork in a few nights ago, so I threw that in as well. Very easy and tasty!

      7. 5 stars
        Hi Olena;

        Made your split pea soup today in slow cooker on high for 5 – 5 1/2 hours.
        Turned out great.
        My husband gave it a # 9 rating !
        Also made from scratch whole wheat bread,my 1st.time,husband enjoyed it
        with the soup!

      8. First time I’ve ever made split pea soup. I made it with ham, I didn’t want to wait another week for the turkey leftovers. It was very easy to make in the crockpot and is delicious. Perfect to freeze and pull out for work lunches. Thanks for sharing.

      9. 5 stars
        Olena! This recipe is a favorite of my husbands and mine! So full of flavor and good health all in one delicious bowl. Who could ask for better comfort food than that as wait out our non-existent (so far) spring in Chicago suburbs.

        1. Lol. I missed you. Yes we have very long winter here in PNW which is unusual for us. Almost there and so happy to hear you are still eating healthy and keeping well. All that matters. Simple things.

      10. 4 stars
        Hearty healthy soup. I didn’t have a ham bone which I believe would have made this even better but very enjoyable all the same.

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