Split pea, vegetable and ham soup

Split pea, vegetable and ham soup is a great dish to make using Holiday leftover ham and it's such a hearty soup that can serve as a meal, especially when you're exhausted from all the Holiday festivities.  When I serve ham during the Holidays, nothing goes to waste.  I usually separate the bones from the left over ham and freeze them separately. The leftover ham can be used for sandwiches, fried rice and even for this delicious split pea, vegetable and ham soup.  Serve this hearty soup with some crusty, warm sourdough bread and that's a meal!

I would call this split pea and ham soup, but I like adding carrots, leeks and other vegetables besides the peas, which really makes this not a green pea soup!  I find that the addition of the other vegetables rounds out the taste of the soup so that there's a little sweetness from the carrots and leeks.

I usually make this soup in an instant pot or pressure cooker which would take a total of a half an hour to make.  However, if you don't have a pressure cooker, this can be made on a stovetop, taking a little longer to make the ham broth.

Tips for making split pea, vegetable and ham soup.


De-bone your Holiday ham and use the bone for the broth. If you don't have any bones and are making this soup without bones, take some of the ham and use this for stock.  If purchasing ham from the deli, choose the least processed ham with the least amount of water injected into it.  If in doubt, don't buy ham that's shaped like a rectangle!  

Part of the ham will be used for the stock, and I like dicing some ham  to add as a garnish for color, taste and texture.  In my opinion, adding some color,  texture and bursts of flavor makes the split pea and ham soup a little more interesting.

Dried peas

Eventhough it's called split pea and ham soup, dried peas are used.  Split peas take less time to cook since they are halved.  However, dried split peas or whole peas will work.  Wash and soak the peas overnight to rehydrate.  This will make the peas easier to cook.

Dried split peas

Dried split peas

Other vegetables

I like making this a hearty soup.  Dried peas have plenty of fiber, but if you need extra fiber, add chopped celery.  I also like to add either leeks, onions and carrots for sweetness. 

Other vegetables added to soup

Vegetables such as carrots and leeks bring sweetness to the soup.

Bay leaf

Bay leaf rounds out this soup's taste.  I discovered cooking and blending bay leaves into foods when I was in Junior High and loved making pate which called for blending the bay leaves.  Since then, when I need to elevate the taste of a stew or soup, a try to add a bay leaf.  With this soup, it works!

Cooking the split pea, vegetable and ham soup

This soup can be made quickly in an instant pot which takes about half an hour or can be made on a stove-top and simmered for 2 hours.  I make the broth first with just the ham bones before adding the vegetables, I prefer to make the broth a day or two before the soup, refrigerate the broth and remove the excess fat from the ham.  

Make ham stock using the bone.

Make ham stock using the bone. Refrigerate the stock to remove the excess congealed fat.

Once the broth is made and the congealed fat is removed, bones are removed and the vegetables are added and cooked.

Place vegetables into ham stock with bay leaf.

Place vegetables into ham stock with bay leaf. The congealed fat has been removed, leaving a clear broth.

Soup before blending.

Soup before blending.


Once all the vegetables are cooked, blend the soup with an immersion blender or place it in a stand blender. 

Immersion blender

Immersion blender for small jobs


Garnish the soup in the individual bowls with Italian parsley or thinly shaved leeks and diced ham.  I love adding some corn kernals not only for color but for a little bit of crunch.  However, these garnishes are completely optional.

Dice ham for garnish

Dice ham for garnish for bursts of flavor and texture!

Enjoy this hearty soup made from Holiday ham leftovers!

Split pea, vegetable and ham soup


Michelle Sam
This delicious split pea, vegetable and ham soup is a great way to use up Holiday leftovers and it makes a hearty soup that's a meal in itself! So easy to make with an instant pot.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal



  • ham bone with some meat attached
  • 1 cup dried peas / split peas
  • 3 cups water for soaking the peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small leek stalk
  • 3 tsp bouillon / cubes chicken or mushroom
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh parsley, frozen corn, diced ham for garnish


  • Remove most of the meat from the ham bone.

Instant pot method

  • Place water, bouillon and bone into instant pot
    ham bone, 3 tsp bouillon / cubes, 6 cups water, ½ tsp white pepper
    Make ham stock using the bone.
  • Pressure cook for 15 minutes.

Stove top method

  • Place water, bouillon, pepper and bone into saucepan.
    ham bone, 3 cups water, 6 cups water, ½ tsp white pepper
  • Allow to simmer for 2 hours.

Ham broth

  • Allow the broth to cool to room temperature and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Soak the dried peas in salted water overnight.
    1 cup dried peas / split peas, 3 cups water, 1 tsp salt
  • Remove the congealed fat from the surface of the broth.
  • Remove the bone and separate as much of the meat from the bone. Add the meat back into the broth.
  • Peel and chop the carrots and other vegetables of your choice
    2 medium carrots
    Other vegetables added to soup
  • Slice the leeks.
    1 small leek stalk
  • Pour the rehydrated peas through a strainer to remove the excess water.
  • Add the vegetables and bay leaf to the broth.
    2 bay leaves
    Place vegetables into ham stock with bay leaf.
  • Cook for half an hour or pressure cook for 10 minutes.
    Soup before blending.
  • Blend the soup with an immersion blender until smooth.
  • Add additional salt or pepper to taste.
  • For the garnish, remove the parsley leaves from the stalks, microwave the corn and dice the ham.
    Dice ham for garnish
  • Place in individual bowls and garnish with parsley, corn kernals and diced ham pieces.
    fresh parsley, frozen corn, diced ham
    Split pea, vegetable and ham soup
  • Serve hot with crusty sourdough bread for a hearty meal!


Serving: 4gCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 1364mgPotassium: 709mgFiber: 14gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 5543IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mgNet Carbohydrates: 22g
Keyword Ham, Split pea, split pea and ham soup
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