Split Pea Soup Recipe with Ham Bone

Ham, split peas and an assortment of delicious veggies are the perfect combo in this hearty, comforting and traditional soup. This is a great dinner option for leftover ham or a ham bone, or both!

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

When it comes to holidays and food, I am ALL about scoring ham bones and turkey bones and chicken bones when the feast is over. This year I made a succulent ham in the slow cooker for Thanksgiving and I was freakishly excited to get home and start making something delicious with the remains. I had never made Split Pea Soup before, and I hate to brag but I kinda-sorta nailed it big time on the first try. I didn’t even know I liked Split Pea Soup! And it has suddenly risen to the top of my Favorite Comfort Foods list, in one fell swoop.

How do you make split pea with ham soup?

There are a couple different routes you can go with this soup. You can let all of the ingredients (see recipe card below for full recipe!) simmer with a ham bone OR you can skip the ham bone and just add chopped ham to the simmering soup. Both ways are delicious, but if you have a ham bone please, please use it. It adds an extra POW of flavor that is unparalleled. When the soup is done, strip any remaining meat from the bone and add it to the soup. Discard the bone.

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

What soup can I make with a ham bone?

Aside from this Split Pea Soup, I have another favorite ham bone soup! This Crockpot Leftover Ham Bone Soup is very similar to this split pea soup recipe, minus the split peas. It is packed with veggies, ham and most importantly FLAVOR. This Loaded Potato Soup is also a keeper!

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

Split peas cook pretty quickly, so it is not necessary to soak them before cooking. If you wish to shorten cooking time to 30-40 minutes (as opposed to 1 hour), soaking will help. Otherwise, just rinse and dump!

Split Pea Ham Bone Soup

Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets excited about cooking with ham bones and the like. What do you like to do with leftover ham bones? Is there something I’m just totally missing out on that I cannot live another day without making with a bone straight from a pig?

Thank you so much for being here, friends. I appreciate you all so much. Hoping you all have a great ending to this chilly November! Will December be even colder?

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup
soup, ham bone, ham, split peas
Yield: 8

Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

prep time: 20 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 20 mins

Ham, split peas and veggies are the perfect combo in this hearty, comforting, traditional soup. This is a great dinner option when you have leftover ham or a ham bone, or both!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small (or 1 medium) leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • Leftover ham bone (optional)
  • 16-oz. bag dried split peas, rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • Croutons, for topping (optional)


  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, leeks, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until veggies are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the ham bone (if using), split peas, bay leaves, chicken broth (or stock), water and ham. Set to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour (stirring occasionally), or until peas are soft and broken.
  2. Remove the ham bone and pick ham remnants from it and add to pan. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Serve immediately and top with croutons, if desired.
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