Wintertime French Style Split Pea Soup


A wonderful wintertime pea soup with turmeric, adding a nice bright, cheerful color to the soup. This recipe is versatile, can easily be doubled and more veggies and ham can be added as desired. It is a great way to use the rest of that spiral ham; just be sure to trim all the fat. Adjust water and stock as needed. Especially if reheating, more stock or water should be added. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

  • 2 large bay leaves

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 pound dried split peas, rinsed

  • ¾ pound carrots, cut into bite-size chunks

  • 2 pounds new potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container vegetable stock

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups chopped lean cooked ham (Optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven; cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir herbes de Provence, turmeric, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper into the vegetables; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Mix dried split peas, half the carrots, half the potatoes, vegetable stock, and water into vegetables and seasonings, bring to a bowl, and reduce heat to low. Cover pot and simmer until peas are nearly tender, about 35 minutes. Stir remaining half of carrots and potatoes and the ham into soup, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 25 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
12g Fat
54g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 795mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 48mg 239%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1255mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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