Best Split Pea Soup Recipe

A lug handled bowl of Best Split Pea Soup with spoon and napkin.

You'll love this Best Split Pea Soup recipe if you think making a homemade pea soup recipe from scratch takes too much effort.

It's a terrific dinner recipe to cook during those busy weeknights. That's because it's much simpler to put together than you think!

A batch of this split pea soup takes about 60 minutes. Most of that is simmer time, when you can be doing other things like cleaning up or helping the kids with homework.

Plus, the taste of this green pea soup is so worth it. It's amazing!

Especially when you compare it to canned soup, which can be full of sodium and other ingredients you may not want.

Split Pea Soup in white soup bowls with handles, spoons, and red napkins.

Making the best split pea soup recipe ever

This split pea soup recipe came from a food blogger recipe challenge when I was assigned Grandma Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup.

She based her easy recipe for split pea soup on one she found in Women’s Day magazine.

I changed up a few of the split pea soup ingredients used by Grandma Loy. I now make it at least once a month when it's cold out. It's become a family favorite.

First, I used homemade stock (and no additional water) and didn’t use bouillon cubes and water.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can use a vegetable stock. Otherwise, store bought chicken stock will work.

If you’re gluten free, check the label to make sure the stock you buy is gluten free.

I also sautéed and caramelized the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor for the Best Split Pea Soup recipe!

Overhead shot of Split Pea Soup in white soup bowls with handles, spoons, red napkins, and pieces of bread.

If you have ham on hand, you can turn this into a ham and pea soup recipe. It’s a great way to use up leftover spiral cut ham during the Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.

For a smooth soup, run the pea soup recipe through a high speed blender, a food processor, or use a hand blender directly in the 4-quart pot.

Using a hand immersion blender is the easiest way to puree the green pea soup since you don’t have to transfer the soup to the blender and then back into the pot.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, treat yourself to one!

You may want to make a double batch of the Best Split Pea Soup. Freeze in food storage containers to heat up on a busy weeknight.

Overhead shot of Split Pea Soup in white soup bowls with handles, spoons, red napkins, pieces of bread, and herbs.

How to make slow cooker stock

Grandma Loy used bullion cubes for her split pea soup recipe as a thrifty shortcut. I used homemade stock made in my slow cooker, which I find is even thriftier!

1. After roasting a turkey, chicken, ham, or a pig (which we occasionally do at our backyard barbecues), take the carcass or bones and place them in your slow cooker.  Cover with water.

2. Add some herbs to the water – thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, etc. Dried or fresh will work.

3. Add some crushed garlic cloves. Cut up an onion, a couple of carrots, parsnips, and some stocks of celery (whatever you have on hand), and add them all to the slow cooker.

4. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.

5. Remove large pieces of bones and vegetables from the slow cooker and strain the liquid into food storage containers. Label with date and type of stock (turkey, chicken, etc.).

6. If you want, you can pour stock into a couple of ice cube trays. Freeze and store cubes in freezer bags to use when you just need a little stock in your cooking.

Closeup of Split Pea Soup in white soup bowls with handles and pieces of bread.

Looking for more soups for a busy weeknight?

Looking for hardy soups for busy weeknights. You’ll love this Kale Soup Recipe.

Or try this 30-minute Pozole Recipe when you don’t have much time.

You’ll also enjoy this Easy Tomato & Okra Soup.


Best Split Pea Soup Recipe

Best Split Pea Soup Recipe

Need a healthy split pea soup recipe? Here's a vegetarian split pea soup that can be made in an hour.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1 pound split peas
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Pour peas on to a plate to check that there are no rocks or other foreign objects in with the peas.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, minced garlic, thyme, pepper, and salt. Stirring frequently, sauté until onions soften, start to brown and caramelize.
  3. Add stock and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or until peas are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. You can puree the soup in a blender, a food processor, or with a wand blender if you wish.
  5. Serve with gluten free bread and a nice side salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally posted on February 9, 2015 and January 30, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.

22 thoughts on “Best Split Pea Soup Recipe

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      The advantage of having the yearly pig roast is having the leftover bones to make stock from! It’s such a big animal that I have to freeze the bones and make the stock in batches. Inevitably, I find another bag of bones under a pile of frozen cheese or bread.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      I’m tempted to make it again soon since this weekend it’s going to be cold in Georgia. Thanks for stopping by Miz Helen!

  1. colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess

    It’s definitely soup weather here in New England and this would be great to warm up with. And thanks for the stock tutorial!

  2. Grandma Loy

    I am so glad that you and your hubby liked the soup. It is one of our favorites, and I make it often. I actually do keep homemade chicken broth in the freezer more now than when I posted the recipe. It is great that you included the directions to make it. Recently when I make this soup, I include some diced red pepper along with the carrot which makes are really pretty dish. I love your soup bowls, by the way. So cute.

  3. Rebekah @ Making Miracles

    That looks SO comforting and cozy. I adore split pea and ham soup but have never made it at home before.

  4. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    I absolutely adore split pea soup and this sounds delicious! Your photography, as always, is incredible! I am so glad I got to cook from your blog before you decided to leave SRC. I look forward to continuing to cook from your blog because I have a lot of recipes bookmarked! Great post! 🙂

  5. Kate

    I love split pea soup! Your changes kick it up to the next level. Sorry to read that you are leaving the group. It has been nice cooking with you.


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