pea and ham soup

Certainly not the sexiest or the trendiest of soups, pea and ham soup is GOOD!!! I don’t need on-trend food but I definitely crave wholesome, filling, easy & affordable. Plus this is a great way to use the leftover ham bone that has been lurking in the freezer. Ham, split peas, veggies & broth. That’s it. Somehow, those ingredients come together to make a soup that is…perfection. Truly. 

pea and ham soup

The recipe is as simple as throwing everything all into one pot and letting it cook for a couple of hours. There are fewer soups that require so little effort for such huge rewards. And it freezes beautifully to be heated up for lunch or a lazy dinner in the days or weeks to come.  

pea and ham soup

If you don’t have a ham bone, think about buying a ham. There are so many meals you can make from a half leg of ham & if it’s not holiday season, often they’re a little cheaper. The holidays are usually when we consume ham but try adding it to soups, salads, frittatas, stews, veggie sides at any time throughout the year. 

pea and ham soup

Soups are a great way to get more veggies & fiber into your diet. They’re filling & satisfying & like this soup, they’re affordable. Wait – satisfying, affordable, easy to make & nutritious…you know what that equals??? NO EXCUSE TO EAT CRAP! Keep giving it your all & stick with it. Until next time, toodles xo. 

the best pea & ham soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 3 cups diced carrots
  2. 2 cups diced onions
  3. 2 cups diced celery
  4. 1 medium rutabaga (swede), peeled & diced
  5. 2 parsnips, peeled & diced
  6. 10 large garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 lb (453g) package split peas, rinsed
  8. 1 smoked ham bone
  9. 2 1/2 quarts (2.5 litres) chicken stock
  10. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  11. 2 cups diced off-the-bone ham
  12. salt, a pinch to taste
  13. sour cream, to serve if desired
  1. Combine carrot, onion, celery, rutabaga, parsnip, garlic, split peas, ham bone, stock and pepper in a large pot. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 2 to hours, stirring occasionally, or until soup is thickened and peas are cooked.
  2. Remove ham bone from soup. Remove any meat from bone, chop and add to soup; discard bone. Add diced ham. Stir 5 minutes or until hot. Spoon soup into bowls. Top with a dollop of sour cream if desired.
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  1. Lawrence says:

    I absolutely love this soup! Full of flavor, a very nice filling meal. Probably my favorite soup, yum!

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