Yellow Split Peas belong to the same family as lentils and are loaded with both protein and fiber. Just half a cup of cooked split peas provides 110 calories, less than 1 g of fat, and 12 grams of fiber! That's nearly half the daily value of fiber people need every day. They also contain important amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that help our bodies grow and repair themselves.
Lentils often come dry in bags, but unlike many other dry beans, their small size means you don't have to pre-soak them overnight to cook them. You can just toss them in a soup or boil them and they're ready to go! This saves you time and can result in a tasty meal. They go well in soups, salads, curries, casseroles, and more.

Canadian Yellow Split Pea Soup


  • 2 and 1/2 cups yellow split peas

  • 1 ham bone with some meat

  • 4 carrots, diced

  • 1/2 large onion, diced

  • 5 stalks celery, diced 

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 bay leaf (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 8 cups water, or as needed



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

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


TIP: Plan this meal after cooking a ham to use the bone rather than just trashing it. You can also freeze the ham bone to make a soup at a later date. Not cooking ham soon? You can substitute in cubed ham or even bacon to get that salty pork flavor.

Recipe from

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