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A bowl of yellow split pea and ham soup in front of a chopping board with a roll cut in half on it.

Yellow Split Pea and Ham Soup

This delicious, rich tasting and easily made yellow split pea and ham soup is a great low cost family staple.
Course Lunch
Cuisine International
Keyword ham split pea soup, split pea soup, traditional split pea and ham soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 225kcal
Author Neil


  • Low fat cooking spray or 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 300 g yellow split peas – soak these overnight or for at least 6 hours in cold water.
  • 2 medium sized diced onions.
  • 3 medium sized peeled diced carrots
  • 1 thick slice cooked ham/gammon diced.
  • 1.5 L chicken stock home-made or from a stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • Give 5 sprays of the low fat cooking spray in the bottom of a large saucepan which is big enough to hold 2.5 litres water in total. Or add the olive oil.
  • Heat the oil in the saucepan until it is hot and turn the temperature down to medium.
  • Add the diced onions, diced carrots and diced ham and sweat them down until they are soft it will probably take 8 minutes or so, if using the cooking spray method, quicker if using olive oil. Keep stirring the vegetables around the pan so that the ham also does not burn.
  • Once the onions and carrots are soft add all of the pre-soaked yellow split peas, mix together, and then add the 1.5 litres of chicken stock and the bay leaf.
  • Simmer for about 1 hour until all of the vegetable mixture is soft. You will need to keep stirring the pot to remove the bubbles on top.
  • Switch off the heat and allow the soup to cool for half an hour.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Puree the soup in batches and put back in a saucepan, gently re-heating the soup.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Allow to cool a little serve garnished with parsley.
  • Or portion the soup into individual containers with labels on, and freeze to be used when required.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.9g | Protein: 15.2g | Fat: 3.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 7.7mg | Sodium: 340.4mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 8.4g | Vitamin A: 3900IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.3mg