Everyday Meals

Canadian Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham


  • 2 ½ cups yellow split peas
  • 1ham bone with some meat
  • 4carrots, diced
  • ½ large Spanish onion, diced
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1bay leaf(Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 8 cups water, or as needed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place split peas, ham bone, carrots, onion, celery, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper into a large pot; pour in water. Bring mixture to a boil and skim off any foam with a spoon. Reduce heat; place a lid on the pot slightly ajar to allow some evaporation. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender and soup is thick, about 3 hours.


  • Step 2

    Remove ham bone from soup; strip meat from ham bone, chop meat, and return it to the pot.

  • Cook's Note:

    You can substitute 2 smoked pork hocks or 1 small ham shank for the leftover ham bone.

    Adjust thickness of soup by adding a little water to thin or remove broth with a spoon for a thicker soup.

    I sometimes use an immersion blender for a quick second to blend the soup, making sure to leave some chunky peas, carrots, celery, and ham.

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