Split Pea Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Classic split pea soup. Use your left-over ham bone or purchase smoked ham hocks from your grocer. For a vegetarian version, omit the ham. To make in the slow-cooker, put all ingredients in the slow-cooker and set to low for 6-8 hours. Puree soup with immersion blender if desired.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 quarts
Author: Cynthia
  • 1 16 ounce package green split peas
  • 2 quarts water or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion diced
  • a couple of large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ham hock optional
  • Big sprig of fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, sauté vegetables in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, then add split peas.
  2. Add water or stock to cover vegetables by about 2 or 3 inches (about 2 quarts).
  3. Add vegetables, bay leaves, and thyme sprig and ham hock, if desired.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer on low until peas are soft, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs and ham hock.
  6. Use an immersion blender or regular blender and puree soup.
  7. If using a ham bone, dice any ham and return back to soup.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  9. For slow-cooker, add all ingredients to slow-cooker and set to low for 6-8 hours. No need to sauté onions.