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Creamy yellow split pea soup studded with bits of ham, carrots, celery, and thyme. There is nothing like this one on a cold day! I am a Canadian now living in the United States. and cannot get Habitant soup anymore, so I came up with this version. I think it is as good as the real thing, if not better, because it is homemade.



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place split peas, ham bone, celery, carrots, onion, salt, thyme, bay leaf, and pepper into a large pot; pour in water. Bring mixture to a boil and skim off any foam with a spoon.

  • Reduce heat and 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.

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

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 2 smoked pork hocks or 1 small ham shank for the leftover ham bone.

Adjust the thickness of the soup by adding a little water to thin it, or remove broth with a spoon to thicken it up.

I sometimes use an immersion blender for a quick second to blend the soup, making sure to leave some chunky peas, carrots, celery, and ham.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 31.9g; fat 0.1g; sodium 995.1mg. Full Nutrition