Split Pea Soup

This is nothing like the soup that haunts a bad diner's menu

This is a true comfort food guaranteed to give the house a wonderful aroma while cooking. I like to toast day old Italian or French bread coated in olive oil along with the soup for dunking.

Split Pea Soup

  • 1 lb split peas
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen green peas
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 large red onion diced fine
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups fresh chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt/pepper

In a large stock pot melt two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until the edges begin to brown. Add dried peas and stir well. Add wine and cook until almost all the liquid is absorbed. Add broth, cilantro and ham hock and bring to a boil. Turn heat to a medium simmer and cook until soup thickens, about 45 minutes. Remove ham hock and set aside. Add half the bag of frozen peas and in batches blend soup to a puree. Pour back into pot and add cream and remaining frozen peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes more. Dice meat off ham hock and add back to pot. Serve with toasted bread and garnish with caramelized onion.

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57 Responses to Split Pea Soup

  1. Carolyn Chan says:

    One of my absolute favourite comfort foods. I struggle to get ham hocks here in Singapore but if EVER I see it around, it’s bought and on the stove making this soup :)

  2. Yum, I haven’t had split pea soup in a long time, looks so comforting and delicious!

  3. rutheh says:

    Ahhhhh that delicious caramelized onion adds to everything!!!

  4. Kristy says:

    Oh ya lost me on this one. Peas are to me what mayo is to Katherine. I can’t do it. That said, I enjoyed reading this recipe as it reminds me of my grandpa. This is one of his favorite soups. Any memory of him is a good one. :) And I gotta say, I’m impressed at how many uses you’re finding for those caramelized onions.

  5. JamieAnne says:

    I really, really LOVE split pea soup!

  6. BrainRants says:

    You bastard, you used a smoked hock. Dammit. I just made two gallons of split pea with big-ass ham chunks that I browned in a pan first. Awesome!

  7. Another wonderful fall soup!

  8. Zo Zhou says:

    Ohh, split peas and fresh peas together = brilliance. Love the idea of caramelised onion on top too instead of heavy dairy things (not that they’re not delicious).

  9. crustabakes says:

    i dont think i need a spoon for this soup. i can just dunk my way through the whole bowl

  10. One word: YUM! Love split pea soup.

  11. L O V E split pea soup – it was one of my favourite growing up and still is!
    Have a super Monday. :-) Mandy

  12. rsmacaalay says:

    What a lovely soup!

  13. Tandy says:

    this is one for me to try in winter :)

  14. peasepudding says:

    It is truely a comfort food and one of my favourites, in Liverpool (where I am from) we call it Peewack soup!

  15. I have not had split pea soup, since I lived at home. Thanks for the nostalgic journey, now I am craving some.

  16. Mel says:

    Beautiful! Love the addition of caramelised onion in this too.

  17. A great looking soup!

  18. I love split peas, such a forgotten ingredient in my pantry a lot of the time as well. Yum!

  19. Lea Ann says:

    I haven’t had split pea soup in years. Love your addition of cilantro.

  20. zestybeandog says:

    This looks great, I bet the caramelized onion really set this soup off!

  21. afrankangle says:

    The olive oil on bread is the icing on the cake!

  22. egg me on says:

    Love the bits of ham hock and caramelized onions! Great soup.

  23. This must be the week for “ham hocks”! I just developed a multi-bean soup recipe using a giant ham hock sent to me from a company here in Tennessee that sells all things ham. “The Hamery” in Murfreesboro, TN is a local place that cures, etc…their own hams and is trying to come up with recipes using their “hocks”…I think I will try your split pea soup recipe next. Great recipe, simple to do and love the photo. T

  24. I love split pea soup — never thought of adding frozen peas, nice touch! Looks so yummy.

  25. Do you know that I have never made split pea soup- and never had it either. Not sure why this is but I know by looking at your pictures and description that need to change this. It looks amazing- the perfect blend of sweet but savory and those frozen peas is a cool idea

  26. Yup it’s that time of year…time for warm comforting soups. Looks great!

  27. spicegirlfla says:

    Another use for those caramized onions! Count me in! I’ve never made a split pea soup before.. and I’m surprised why I have not. This looks comforting good, nice and thick which I like for my cooler weather soups.

  28. Love the caramelized onion garnish. Delicious!

  29. Eri says:

    Never taste it.. now it’s a good time to try and make it…

  30. InCucinaDaME says:

    That’s real comfort food !

  31. imakeeper says:

    Perfect for the chilly months coming are way….. Yummy!

  32. Colline says:

    Memories of my childhood :)
    Never thought to add frozen peas into the mix. Will do so next time.

  33. niasunset says:

    I can’t touch this plate, BECAUSE it is so beautiful, like a painting… About eating, there are two important points I think, one is smelling (how it smells) and the other one is visual (how it seems)… Yes, I can’t feel your beautiful photographs of recipes but they always hit my eyes… This is for me the art of kitchen. Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  34. Judy says:

    Love the cilantro in this, yummy split pea all the way around. Supposed to be 30° here by Wednesday, guess it’s soup time!

  35. nrhatch says:

    I love split pea soup . . . with homemade croutons. :D

  36. Caroline says:

    I’m a huge fan of split pea soup. Yours looks great! I didn’t start liking it though until I tasted the famous split pea soup at Andersen’s in Buellton, CA. We were on our way up to San Luis Obispo and saw the restaurant in the middle of nowhere and naturally, had to stop to try it out.

  37. Sissi says:

    I don’t know what is ham hock, but I hope it’s something smoked. Smoked meat is for me obligatory with dried pea soup! Yours looks so delicious I want to make the first split pea soup in my life. I love the way some of the peas desintegrate and form a kind of thickener… My mum used to make dried pea soup with smoked pork ribs and I would love so much to find them one day in Switzerland. The meat would fall off the bone during the cooking process and the soup was better every time it was warmed. You have made me all nostalgic.

  38. I love making split pea soup almost as much as I love eating it. I do agree that your house will smell heavenly when making it and this recipe looks perfect. Although I have never added frozen whole peas. I may have to give that a try.

  39. Eva Taylor says:

    Split pea soup is definitely a fall flavour. I live doing a version in the slow cooker while I’m at work. You’re right about the aroma, incredible.

  40. ceciliag says:

    Oh too weird, John made this on sunday, but without the cream and you know how I feel about cream! what was he thinking?.. i shall show him your recipe.. c

  41. nancyc says:

    I really need to try making this–I love soups especially when it’s chilly, and this looks so good!

  42. Christina says:

    Split Pea Soup….I love it! I need to give your recipe a try. I have never made it at home, I think I need to change that. :)

  43. Charles says:

    Love pea soup. I never add white wine… I’ll have to try this next time for sure!

  44. Love pea soup and have not made it forever. Need to make it. Thanks for reminding me.

  45. ChgoJohn says:

    I don’t know why this post didn’t appear in my “Read Blogs” link! Split pea is my favorite soup and I’ve actually bought bone-in hams just to be able to make soup once the ham is gone. Your recipe sounds great, good and comforting. Looks like I better go ham shopping!

  46. I think you know I am NOT a pea person lol. I used to feed my peas to my dog underneath the table when I didn’t get caught lol. But I did show this to my mom and you know she was overjoyed with this recipe. She loves cooking new things as I do :)

  47. Excellent, just excellent! Ritchey is a bit under the weather and would appreciate a bowl of this tonigiht!

  48. Wonderful – so glad it´s soup time again! Love the mixture of split peas and fresh…and those gorgeous caramelised onions again, yummy!

  49. needtotaste says:

    Made this and your caramelized onions—served it as the starter for an awesome meal! Great recipe (I added lime juice and coriander and seasoned with hog’s jowl instead of a ham hock)—superb!!

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