Split-Pea Soup with Ham

A staple in many Canadian homes, this delicious soup is easy to make, fills cold, empty bellies fast, and supplies nourishing goodness.

Split-Pea Soup with Ham

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Split-Pea Soup with Ham


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed lean smoked ham, trimmed of fat
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) sodium reduced chicken broth
  • 1 pound split peas
  • 1-2 cubes bouillon
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Saute onions, carrots, celery and ham in oil in large saucepan until tender, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add water, chicken broth, split peas, bouillon, and marjoram and heat until boiling.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until peas are tender, 1-1 1/2 hours.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Makes 8 servings.

Author: Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold is the pastry chef and owner of The Sweet Kitchen in Lindsay. You can reach her by email at The_Sweet_Kitchen@yahoo.ca.

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