Canadian Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham


  • 2 1/2 cups yellow split peas
  • 1 ham bone with some meat
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 large Spanish onion, diced
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 8 cups water, or as needed


Place split peas, ham bone, carrots, onion, celery, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper into a large pot; pour in water. Bring mixture to a boil and skim off any foam with a spoon. Reduce heat; place a lid on the pot slightly ajar to allow some evaporation. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender and soup is thick, about 3 hours.

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Remove ham bone from soup; strip meat from ham bone, chop meat, and return it to the pot.