Pea Soup With Ham

"Classic pea soup."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
10 1 cup servings




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

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  1. Boomette
    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
  2. Peter J
    Delicious! Nice hint of smokiness from the ham and a perfect consistency.
  3. LifeIsGood
    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!!


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