Ham Bone Pea Soup

The first time I had pea soup I was in elementary school and terrified. PEAS?! GREEN SOUP?! It sounded awful…

One bite later and I ran home beggin my mom to make pea soup because I LOVED IT! Even my dad, an avid pea hater enjoyed pea soup.

Here is our family version of a pea soup cooked with a ham bone for all that added flavor. I love to save my holiday ham bone specifically for this every year!

…add some cheese if you dare! I love a good pea soup with cheesy goodness!

Hame Bone Pea Soup

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, diced
  • 4 cup Water
  • 4 cup Broth of preference (I used Veggie Broth)
  • 1 Ham Bone (Leftover holiday ham? Freeze the bone and save it for this soup!)
  • 16 oz Dried Peas
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning


  • In large Dutch oven or pot sauté chopped onions and carrots in olive oil for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add diced Garlic cloves to Dutch oven and sauté for one minute.
  • Add peas, water, broth, ham bone, and seasonings and bring to a boil.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer on low for one hour or until peas break apart when stirred. (For a thinner soup add more water and stir until desired texture is reached)
  • Remove ham bone and stir! Peas should easily break apart and soup should become creamy as you stir. (Optional: Blend half of soup mixture in high speed blender for a thinner soupy texture. I prefer pea soup to be thick and chunky so I like it without blending).
  • If you wanna get a little adventurous try topping off your pea soup with cheese! Its soooooo worth the dairy. Enjoy!

I love to make my own broth! I use veggie broth in this soup. Check out my homemade broth recipe here!

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