Yellow split pea and ham soup recipe

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This hearty pea soup is full of protein and is a great choice for all the family

  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins soak overnight
Cooking Time1 hours 40 mins
Total Time1 hours 50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories232 Kcal12%
Sugar5.0 g6%
Fat2.9 g4%
Saturated Fat0.9 g5%
Salt3.44 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein25.5 g51%
Carbohydrates27.6 g11%
Salt3.44 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Yellow split peas work perfectly in this ham and pea soup to create a much more filling and hearty alternative to a traditional pea soup made with garden peas or petit pois. The dried yellow version of the pea is much more starchy than it's green cousin so this makes the best base for a tempting winter soup. Rich in protein but low in fat, this soup is a warming choice for all the family.


  • 300g (10oz) dried yellow split peas
  • 1 litre (1¾ pints) chicken or vegetable stock, or water
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves and a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 500g (1lb) joint of smoked gammon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish




  1. Rinse the peas thoroughly and put them in a large bowl.
  2. Cover with cold water and set aside, covered, overnight.
  3. Drain peas and put in a big stockpot
  4. Pour in stock, or water, bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes
  5. Add the onion, carrot, celery, herbs and gammon
  6. Bring back to the boil, skim off any scum, then reduce the heat to very low
  7. Cover and simmer for 1½ hours.
  8. Take out the gammon. Set aside to cool a little
  9. Remove the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme.
  10. Blend the peas, vegetables and stock in a food processor until smooth
  11. Put back into the pan and heat through for serving, adjusting the consistency and checking for seasoning.
  12. Remove the skin and fat from the gammon and shred the meat (you should have about 350g/12oz) into small pieces.
  13. Serve the hot soup with chunks of meat added, and garnish with parsley
Top Tip for making Yellow split pea and ham soup

If you can buy ham bonesor 2 smoked ham hocks,use these instead ofgammon. It’s best to makea big batch of this soup,and freeze what’s left over.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies