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Creamy Split Pea and Ham Soup

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1 cup servings 1x


Real, homemade split pea soup is hearty, filling and nutritious and sooo much better than anything condensed in a can. 


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound diced ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound dried split peas, checked for pebbles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Melt butter in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in garlic, sage and oregano and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  2. Stir in the ham, brown sugar, chicken broth, water, dried peas and bay leaf. Bring to a gentle boil, then cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer covered for 40-50 minute, or until the peas are very soft. Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf.
  3. Off heat, stir in the heavy cream. Ladle about two or three cups of soup into a blender and puree. (Alternatively, us a hand blender for a few seconds in the soup.) Pour puree back into soup and stir to combine. Garnish individual servings with a spoonful of crumbled bacon.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 392
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 1189 mg
  • Fat: 18.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Fiber: 12.8 g
  • Protein: 23.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 66 mg