Just like your favorite restaurant, Andersen’s Split Pea Soup Recipe is hearty and delicious! Creamy soup, loaded with vegetables and beans, it’s a hearty meal! Fortified with ham, this stew is comforting and filling. For just pennies a serving, this is a delicious meal your family will enjoy!
Mom stayed home when we were kids until about the time I was in the second grade. Then she went to work at the Junior High School as a part-time cook.
- 1 16 oz bag dried split peas
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery diced
- 1 yam peeled and diced
- 1 pound ham diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups water
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp thyme fresh thyme, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar optional
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley optional
Chop the vegetables. Peel and dice the onion, carrots and the yam. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic and the thyme.
Heat a heavy bottom stock pot over medium high heat. When hot, add the olive oil, then the vegetables. Everything except the garlic.
Add pepper, red pepper flakes, bay leaf and thyme. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
The last 30 seconds of sautéing add the minced garlic.
While the vegetables and spices are cooking away, dice the ham into a small dice.
Next add the ham to stockpot and stir well. Add the split peas, reserving ½ cup.
Add the chicken stock and water. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Reduce to medium and simmer at a low boil for 45-50 minutes (see notes.*) While it is cooking, give it several good vigorous stirs. Simmer uncovered.
Taste to adjust seasonings – you may need to add some salt, but chances are good the salt from the ham will be enough.
Optional step – when the soup is cooked turn off the heat. Chop a handful of parsley and add it to this soup along with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This addition will brighten the flavors and really enhance this soup!
*Reserve ½ cup of split peas. After the first 10 minutes of cooking, add the remaining split peas (this step is optional, but I enjoy soup with texture). Simmer an additional 35-40 minutes until the beans are tender.
Want to up your soup game? Chop all vegetables into a small dice so each spoonful has all of the delicious ingredients in each bite.
No leftover ham? Buy a ham steak, they are sold individually at the grocery store and the flavor is so good. Perfect for soups & stews!