Yellow Split-Pea Soup- Protein Packed!

Warm protein-packed soup that will keep you full for hours. Serve this yellow split-pea soup with a freshly baked loaf of bread, or to eat by itself!

Protien packed yellow split-pea soup
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I have fond memories of eating pea soup as a child. That canned stuff with the ham. My adoptive mother and I were the only ones in the house that enjoyed it, so one big can was perfect for splitting between us and crushing premium plus crackers into… Mmm… Well, this yellow split-pea soup is better, as it should be, because it isn’t out of a can! The texture it the same, and the main elements are also similar. Of course this stuff is healthier, by far!

Tastes even better the next day!

I LOVE soup. I could eat soup every day, actually. But the day after you make this soup, it has thickened so much that I would say it’s even heartier than a chowder. I love this soup best the next day, maybe it’s nostalgia from my childhood, or maybe it’s because everything tastes better the next day… Either way, if you can wait to save this for next day, or at least have leftovers, it is totally worth the wait!

Thickened yellow split-pea soup!
Next day thickness! So good!

Yellow Split-Pea Soup

Kari Taillon
Hearty, protein packed, pea soup with ham!
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American


  • 1-1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 ribs celery chopped
  • 1.2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups Chicken broth or broth of choice
  • 24 oz Dried Yellow Split Peas check for stones and rinse
  • 1-2 lb meaty ham bone
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (add more at the end, to taste, if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch white pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for a little kick!)
  • 4-5 medium carrots chopped


  • In a large stock pot, add 1.5 tbsp of olive oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Once oil has heated up, add onion and celery and saute for a few minutes and then add minced garlic. Saute garlic for about 1 minute.
  • Add the broth and water, and then add the rinsed split peas and spices, including salt.
  • Add the meaty ham bone to the pot, bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature to low and cook for about 1 hour.
  • After the hour has passed, add in the chopped carrots and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, after which the peas will have become mush-like.
  • Taste before serving and add in more spices or salt if desired! Enjoy with crackers or a nice loaf of homemade bread!


*Can be made the day before. Soup will thicken as it sits and it tastes even better the second day!
*Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days!
Keyword Pea Soup, Pea Soup With Ham, Split-Pea Soup, Yellow Split-pea soup

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