classic pea soup with ham

I made this soup a long time ago and figured I better post it before winter is over. I love homemade pea soup with ham. For some reason, every time I make pea soup it turns out so thick you can stand a spoon up in it. This recipe was no exception. When I noticed that was happening again I added more water to get the soup to the consistency that I like. This was a good soup, but I think I’m still on the lookout for the perfect pea soup recipe. If you have one, please do share. Here’s this recipe:


1 smoked ham hock (about 1 lb/500 g)
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable_oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 each carrots and stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken stock
2 cups (500 mL) dry green or yellow split peas
3 green onions, thinly sliced


Using paring knife, peel off and discard skin from ham hock. Trim off and discard fat. Set aside.

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat; fry onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper and ham hock, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add stock, peas and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil over medium-high heat, skimming off any foam. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until peas break down and meat is tender enough to fall off hock, about 1-3/4 hours.

I checked my soup often and noticed it was getting way too thick. I added water until it was the consistency I liked.

Remove ham hock; pull off and shred meat. Set meat aside. Discard ham bone and bay leaves. In blender, puree half of the soup; return to pot along with meat. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to container and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat to serve.) Ladle into bowls; garnish with green onions.

Recipe from Canadian Living

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5 thoughts on “classic pea soup with ham

  1. Karli

    OK, I have to say, this looks really good! I’ve never made pea soup. I have a great broccoli soup and a asparagus soup recipe…but I’ve never tried pea soup. Looks WONDERFUL! I am a total soup person! (That’s one of the main things that makes winter bearable – LOL!) :-) Have a wonderful week! XO


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