Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

Classic pea soup.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
  2. Add the onions.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper.
  4. Saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and split peas and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  6. Add the broth and ham.
  7. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, and simmer stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or more, until the peas are tender.
  8. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  10. Add the milk and, using a hand-held blender or potato masher, process until smooth.
  11. Add the hot sauce if desired and serve hot.
Most Helpful

5 5

Very yummy soup. I cooked it longer cause my peas weren't cooked through. So I needed to add more liquid. It turned out very yummy. And now I just saw that I forgot to add the milk. But it was very good without it. Thanks WorkingMom :) Made for I Recommend tag game

5 5

Delicious! Nice hint of smokiness from the ham and a perfect consistency.

5 5

Made for Pick A Chef Spring 2009. This pea soup certainly was a classic. We love split pea soup and this will now be one of our favorites. I followed the recipe exactly (didn't use the optional hot sauce) and was so pleased with the results. I think the milk really added a special touch, making the soup extra creamy. I did use an immersion blender, but only for a little while. We still like bits of ham and split peas remain in the soup. Great recipe! Thank you!!