Yellow Split Pea Soup

READY IN: 3hrs 25mins


  • 1
    lb yellow split peas (picked over)
  • 1
    quart cold water
  • 1
    large smoked ham bone (make certain that the bone has meat on it)
  • 5
    medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1
    medium leek, chopped and rinsed (use only white and pale green parts only)
  • 3 -4
    tablespoons butter
  • 2
    teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • salt and black pepper
  • whipping cream (optional)


  • Rinse the peas under cold water very well. Pick out any discoloured peas and discard.
  • Fill a large pot with water and chicken broth.
  • Add in the ham bone or salt pork and half of the onions; bring to a boil (skim off any froth or scume that gathers on top) simmer partially covered until the peas are tender but not falling apart (about 1 - 1-1/2 hours).
  • Cook the leeks and the remaining onions in butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until softened (about 10 minutes).
  • Add to the soup with the chives, salt and pepper; continue to simmer (partially covered) until the peas are falling apart and the soup is thickened (about 1 - 1-1/2 hours).
  • Remove the ham bone, then shred any meat on the bone and return the meat to the pot.
  • Ladle hot soup into bowls and drizzle a small amount of whipping cream on top of the soup if desired.