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French-Canadian Split-Pea Soup Recipe

Pea soup using yellow split peas.

Pea soup using yellow split peas.

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

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

2 hours

2 hours 20 min

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, 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!

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Ingredients for this recipe

Ingredients for this recipe


  • 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.

Questions & Answers

Question: I’d like to add mushrooms to this split-pea soup recipe. Which type would you suggest?

Answer: I've never thought about putting mushrooms in split-pea soup but my guess would be Enoki mushrooms. Please let me know if you do add the mushrooms as I'd be interested to know what you think.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas