Yummy Split Pea Soup

Snowy cold weekends are the perfect time for one of my new favorites – Split Pea Soup. I made this for the first time last year after many hints from Paul who loves Split Pea Soup. Me? I’d managed to avoid it for all of my years.

I had no idea what I was missing. This is made with fresh chicken stock, a meaty ham bone (saved from the Christmas ham for this purpose), lots of fresh veggies and fresh thyme rescued from the winter garden before the snow started on Saturday.

split pea soup

The trouble with this soup is – it’s gone entirely too soon.

~Yummy Split Pea Soup~

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bag of split peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • large bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Saute the garlic and veggies in the olive oil until they’ve softened a bit. Add the remaining ingredients (Note – I toss in the entire thyme branch – stem and leaves). Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes or so until the peas become tender. Remove the ham bone. Remove any ham from the bone and add the ham to the soup (or add in diced ham if your ham bone is wimpy). Give the soup a stir and extract the thyme branches. With an immersion blender give the soup a little blend. Just a little – give the soup a creamy texture, but still have identifiable veggies and peas. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can put a couple cups of the soup into a blender and then return to the pot and mix for the same effect.

split pea soup and grilled cheese

This entry was posted in , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Yummy Split Pea Soup

  1. Mary Harper says:

    I love the idea of just throwing in a bunch of fresh thyme. I was looking for a white owl pattern and discovered some receipes! I love split pea soup! Got to give this a try.

  2. Linda Owen says:

    Recommended by a friend – your recipes look delicious – can’t wait to try them

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading


For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading