French-Canadian Split-Pea Soup Recipe

Updated on January 1, 2020
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Pea soup using yellow split peas.
Pea soup using yellow split peas. | Source

Yellow or Green Peas?

There are many variations on how to make pea soup, and French-Canadian pea soup is one of them. You can use either green or yellow peas for the following recipe. The traditional Quebec version calls for yellow peas. I just use what I have, as they both taste the same to me.

Split pea soup using green split peas
Split pea soup using green split peas | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
Yields: Will serve 6-8 people


  • Hambone with a bit of meat left on it
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 cups of green or yellow or green split peas, rinsed
  • 10 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons dehydrated chicken broth
  • 2 shakes of fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 –5 garlic cloves, pressed


  1. Place the hambone in a soup pot, and add water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Set burner to medium heat and let the bone cook for about ½ hour.
  3. Remove the bone and cut the meat off. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Add onions, split peas, hambone, and chopped ham into the water.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and chicken broth, and stir. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium and cook for 60 - 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, remove the bone, add the pressed garlic cloves, and stir.
  7. Serve with thick slices of French bread and a salad or eat all on its own. ENJOY!

Does this sound good?

4.6 stars from 5 ratings of Split Pea Soup


  • I prefer to use the boxed chicken broth, but today I was out of it so I used the dehydrated. If you do use the boxed or canned broth, just decrease the amount of water that you use.
  • This soup freezes really well and many times, I will double the amount I make so that I have soup on hand for boxed lunches. Ziploc bags work great for this and you can pre-measure how much soup you want to reheat for a lunch or to put into a thermos.
  • Sometimes I will add chopped carrots to the soup while it is cooking.

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      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        AUPADHYAY, Thank you so much for all or your wonderful comments. I appreciate them.

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        8 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

        My only comment on your healthy hubs is that it is a mouth watering and tempting hub.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Cloverleaf, Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.

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        8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        OOOh I am bookmarking your delicious split pea soup recipe right now. I will enjoy making this one evening after work. Thanks for sharing - voted up!

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        N.E. LOL

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        N E Wright 

        8 years ago from Dover, Delaware

        Hey Susan,

        Me too. LOL.


      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks Marie and WalksThroughLife, Homemade soup is the best!

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        8 years ago from Utah

        Split Pea Soup is delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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        Marie Landry 

        8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        This sounds delicious, and so easy too! I love homemade soup, there's nothing like it!

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        N.E. Hope that your Mom likes it :)

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        N E Wright 

        9 years ago from Dover, Delaware

        Hi JustAskSusan,

        My mother swears by Split Pea Soup. She loves it.

        It's okay to me, but never anything I would ask for. LOL.

        Still, I will copy this recipe for my mother, and let my son try it.

        Thanks for sharing.

        Take Care,


      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        DzyMsLizzy The yellow split peas do seems to be far and few between but I still do find them once in a while. Thanks so much!

        Sally oh yes with French bread 4 sure!

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        Truckstop Sally 

        9 years ago

        Sounds delicious!! With croutons or crusty French bread. What a delight!

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        Liz Elias 

        9 years ago from Oakley, CA

        YEAH!!! I was raised on French-Canadian YELLOW pea soup! Yummy!! Do you know, in most grocery stores, yellow split peas have become nearly impossible to find??!!

        I now make a vegetarian version, substituting soy bacon bits for the ham, and using vegetarian bouillon as the base.

        Pea soup is somehow always better the second day!

        Great hub! Thanks for sharing! Voted up. Wish you could hit the 'vote up' multiple times!

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        cheapsk8chick if you do make it let me know how you like it and thanks for stopping by.

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        9 years ago

        I've never had split pea soup, but I've always been curious about it. Maybe having the recipe fall into my lap while hub hopping was the prod I needed to try it! Thanks Susan!

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        carrie I refused to eat pea soup when I was a child and would not ever even try it. Then once I was married my husband begged me to make pea soup for him. Made it for him for a few years then one day I thought ah I have to try this. Now I love it. I have changed the way I make it so many times but this one is pretty good especially if you like the garlic.

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        9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

        I will try this out Susan. Pea soup is one of my favorites, thanks.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        WillStarr if you want to make it thicker add more peas. It will also thicken more the longer you cook it.

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        9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        I like thick soups and split pea is one of my favorites. I'll have to try this recipe.


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