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

Winter evening and split pea soup are like two peas...well you get the reference. I saw a similar recipe on Emeril's show and embellished.

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

Made this soup last night for dinner using a lb. or so of leftover ham from Christmas. It was very good. I cut back on the amount of liquid and didn't process the soup with a blender because I like a thick soup. Will cut back on the onions next time. The crushed red pepper (just a little!) gives it a little zip that I like. DH and I eat simple soup and bread suppers a lot in the winter and this one hit the spot!

Jo Anne January 16, 2004

The only change to this recipe was I added chopped leeks, mainly because they were there and I had to use them up. My husband said it was the best pea soup he ever had.

celvikas tombro February 12, 2004

this is my first time making split pea soup and I thought it came out great! Even my 4yr old seemed to like it! The only change I made was I did not add the milk & I did not puree.. I also put red pepper in sparingly because of the kids. I used leftover spiral ham from Christmas.

CareyLee January 03, 2013