A hearty and creamy homemade split pea soup served with freshly toasted baguette bread for dipping.

Quick and easy to make without the hassle of using bagged dried peas. Using Harvester Farms Freeze Dried Peas significantly cuts the preparation time and preserves the color and flavor much better than traditional dried peas.  Served with toasted French-style baguette bread to soak up every last delicious bite.

Harvester Farms Split Pea Soup

Serves 24
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website Brothers-All-Natural Blog
Homemade smoky and creamy split pea soup served with freshly toasted baguette bread for dipping


  • 1 1/2lb Ham with Bone (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (or as needed)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 4 Carrots (diced)
  • 6 stalks Celery (diced)
  • 6 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3 sprigs Thyme (finely chopped)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 can Freeze Dried Peas
  • 2 49 1/2 oz cans Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 quart MIlk
  • 3/4 quarts Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce


  • Smoked Paprika (as needed)
  • Parmesan Cheese (as needed)

Toasted Baguette Bread

  • 1 Loaf French Bread (diagonally sliced)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper


Step 1
Heat a very large pot over high heat until hot. Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the diced ham and sear until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip and sear for another 3 minutes or so. Remove ham from pot and set aside (discard bone).
split pea seared ham
Step 2
In the same pot the ham was cooked in, saute the onion, carrots and celery about 15 minutes or until onions start to turn golden. Add more oil if necessary. Add the garlic,thyme, bay leaves. Saute 1 minute longer.
split pea soup veggies
Step 3
Add the freeze dried peas (remove the two oxygen absorbers), chicken stock, milk, cream, salt, pepper and reserved ham. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until peas are tender. Remove bay leaves.
cook split pea soup
Step 4
Using an immersion (stick) blender, carefully blend the soup until completely smooth. Add the vinegar and hot sauce (for flavor enhancement). Re-season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Step 5
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and Parmesan cheese.
Toasted Baguette Bread
Step 6
Place sliced bread in one flat layer onto a foil lined sheet tray. Drizzle each piece of bread with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Step 7
Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for about 20-25 minutes, flipping half way through the baking process. Remove from oven and serve with soup
baked bread


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