I must admit that I don't make or eat Green Split Pea Soup very often. I think the first time was when I went to Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, CA. If you are going to try split pea soup for the first might as well be there.
My wife and I found the soup flavorful so I decided to try and make it at home. I asked my mom if she had an old family recipe for Split Pea Soup and come to find out that in Canada the split peas are yellow while here in the US they are green.
The green split peas that are commonly available here in the US tend to be a little sweeter than yellow split peas but both have similar nutrients. For this soup recipe, you can use either one. Use what you got!
Make sure you examine and remove any foreign material that might be included in the split peas. Sort and rinse well before using.
I usually have sherry on hand so that is what I used for this recipe but you can use any kind of white cooking wine when making this split pea soup recipe. You will not notice a difference in flavor when all is said and done.
Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.
In talking with others that often make split pea soup the diced ham and carrots are optional. I know my mom never adds carrots to her soup but will occasionally add some if she has any leftover ham.
If you've ever wondered what part of the pig Ham comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?
Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Green Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Split Peas, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Ham, Yellow Onion, Carrots, Garlic Cloves, Heavy Cream, Dry Sherry, Salt, Cayenne Pepper and Ground Cumin.
How to make Green Split Pea Soup with Ham
- In a large saucepan, add the rinsed and cleaned split peas and chicken stock. Over high heat bring to a boil then reduce the heat and cook until the peas are tender.
- Add the ham, onion, carrots and minced garlic to the pea mixture. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream, sherry and seasonings and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Printable Recipe Card
Green Split Pea Soup with Ham
- 1 lb Split Peas, rinsed and sorted
- 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 6 oz Ham, diced
- 1 small Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Carrots, diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- ⅓ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- ⅓ Cup Dry Sherry, or any white cooking wine
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- In a large saucepan, Add the rinsed and cleaned split peas and chicken stock. Over high heat bring to a boil the reduce the heat and cook until the peas are tender.
- Add the ham, onion, carrots and minced garlic to the pea mixture. Let mixture simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream, sherry and the seasonings and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.