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Ah, split pea soup—a warm, comforting blend of green split peas, aromatic vegetables, and delicious ham. It’s the quintessential dish that feels like a hug in a bowl. Whether you’ve had a long day or simply crave something hearty, this single serving recipe is designed for you.

Tailored to serve just one person, this dish retains the full-bodied flavors and hearty ingredients of traditional recipes but scaled down for individual enjoyment. Plus, it’s a breeze to whip up. Perfect for when you need a dose of comfort without leftovers!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simplicity: Easy-to-follow instructions make this recipe a joy to cook.
  • Flavor Depth: The combination of ham, split peas, and aromatic veggies create a rich and satisfying taste.
  • Highly Adaptable: Cater the recipe to your dietary preferences by swapping ingredients.
  • Cost-Effective: Made with budget-friendly ingredients, this soup won’t break the bank.
  • Perfect for Doubling: Need more servings? This recipe scales up beautifully without losing any flavor.
dried split peas on a piece of burlap on a wooden table.

What Are Split Peas?

Split peas are dried peas that come in two varieties: yellow and green. They’re derived from field peas and are halved along their natural seam, which gives them the name “split peas.” These versatile legumes can be stored for up to 12 months in a sealed container, making them a convenient pantry staple. Unlike some other legumes, split peas don’t require pre-soaking, saving you prep time. When cooked, they transform into a creamy texture, perfect for soups and stews. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also nutritional powerhouses, packed with both protein and fiber.


split pea soup ingredients on a kitchen counter.

Ingredient Notes

  • Olive oil:  Extra virgin olive oil is my go-to choice for this single serving split pea soup recipe. It’s the purest form of olive oil, capturing the essence of olive flavor while preserving its nutrients. Feel free to swap it with light olive oil based on your personal preference.
  • Vegetables: For this recipe, you’ll need about half a small onion, one medium carrot, one stalk of celery, and a single garlic clove. These veggies build a solid flavor foundation for your soup.
  • Ham: Diced ham is perfect for this scaled-down recipe. It adds a salty, meaty flavor without requiring a large portion. If ham isn’t on hand, bacon crumbles make a delicious topping for your finished dish. Consider using leftover ham to make Ham and Cheese Sliders.
  • Dried split peas: The star of the show, rich in protein and fiber. Contrary to popular belief, pre-soaking isn’t a must for split peas. Just ensure you rinse them and sift through to remove any unwanted debris before cooking.
  • Chicken broth: I lean towards low-sodium chicken broth to better manage the soup’s salt levels. If you’re using regular chicken broth, consider dialing back the added salt. Always taste and adjust seasonings as you go. Vegetable broth works for a vegetarian option.
  • Seasonings: A blend of salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning adds depth to the soup. If you’re missing Italian seasoning, a mix of basil, oregano, thyme, or rosemary will work just fine.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

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How To Make Split Pea Soup For One

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make split pea soup. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Gather your ingredients and read through the Ingredient Notes section of this recipe post to learn about possible ingredient substitutions.
  2. Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic sauteeing in a small pot.
  1. Stir in the diced ham, split peas, broth, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, and pepper.
split pea soup simmering in a small pot on the stove.
  1. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 1 hour.
a covered pot on a stove.
  1. Discard the bay leaf and remove the pot from the stove.
a small batch of split pea soup with ham in a pot with a wooden spoon resting on the edge of the pot.
  1. Ladle the soup into a bowl. The soup will thicken as it sits on the stove. If necessary, thin it with water and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Expert Tips

  • Before you start cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your Split Pea Soup turns out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Add a Red Potato: For an even heartier meal, toss in a diced red potato along with the carrots and celery during the cooking process.
  • Thickness Control: If your soup isn’t achieving the desired thickness, let it simmer uncovered for an extra 10 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavors.
  • Handling Leftovers: Keep in mind that the soup will thicken upon cooling. To revive leftovers, consider adding a splash of water to reach your preferred consistency.

Recipe Variations

Spice up your split pea soup game with these creative variations! Whether you’re in the mood for something spicy, want to try a slow cooker method, or are looking to cater to different dietary preferences, these twists on the classic recipe offer something for everyone. Each variation is simple to implement, so you can effortlessly make the dish your own.

  • Spice It Up: To turn up the heat, incorporate finely chopped jalapeños when you add the rest of the vegetables to the soup.
  • Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup: For hands-off cooking, put all ingredients in a 1.5 quart or a 2-quart slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the peas are soft and tender.
  • Curried Split Pea Soup: Introduce an exotic flair by mixing 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of curry powder into the vegetable stage of the recipe.
  • Split Pea And Sausage Soup: For a smoky alternative to ham, consider adding sliced or diced smoked sausage to your split pea soup.
  • Vegetarian Split Pea Soup or Vegan Split Pea Soup: For a plant-based option, substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and skip the ham altogether.

Topping Ideas For Your Soup

  • Homemade Croutons: Use up your leftover bread by making small batch croutons that add both crunch and flavor to your soup.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle chopped parsley or chives over the top for a pop of color and a burst of fresh flavor.
  • Add Greens: Stir a small handful of chopped baby spinach into the hot soup for added nutrition and a splash of vibrant color.
  • Creamy Finish: Complete your bowl with a dollop of sour cream for a smooth, rich texture.
a spoonful of split pea soup over a grey bowl next to an onion, celery, and carrots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Double This Recipe?

Absolutely! To serve two people, simply double the quantities of all the ingredients in the recipe.

How Do I Store Leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Can I Freeze Split Pea Soup?

Definitely. Store your split pea soup in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. For best results, thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stove or in the microwave.

How Nutritious Are Split Peas?

Split peas are nutritionally rich, offering a good balance of protein and fiber. They’re low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, while also providing essential minerals like zinc, potassium, and iron.

Discover More Single Serving Soup Recipes

Craving more cozy, comforting soups that are perfect for one? From creamy classics to hearty bowls filled with pasta or protein, this list offers a variety of options to keep your single serving soup game strong. Explore these delightful choices to find your next favorite!

  • Potato Soup: A creamy concoction perfect for when you’re in need of some hearty comfort food.
  • White Bean Soup: Packed with protein and fiber, this soup is both filling and delicious.
  • Tortellini Soup: A vibrant bowl filled with tender pasta, fresh vegetables, and a comforting broth.
  • Zuppa Toscana: A rich, Italian-inspired soup with sausage, potatoes, and a touch of cream.
  • Tomato Soup: A classic choice that pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Indulge in this creamy blend of veggies and sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Taco Soup: Enjoy the flavors of your favorite taco in a warm, satisfying bowl of soup.
  • Clam Chowder: Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Creamy and packed with tender clams.
  • Lasagna Soup: All the flavors of lasagna combined into one pot for a simpler yet equally tasty experience.

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Split Pea Soup For One

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 bowl
A classic split pea soup recipe scaled down to serve one person. Green split peas are simmered with plenty of vegetables and flavorful ham until tender. Easy, packed with protein, hearty, and incredibly delicious!


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 medium carrot , peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery rib , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup diced ham (0.7-ounces)
  • cup dried green split peas , rinsed and drained (2-ounces)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon black pepper


  • Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced ham, split peas, broth, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Discard the bay leaf and remove the pot from the stove.
  • Ladle the soup into a bowl. The soup will thicken as it sits on the stove. If necessary, thin it with water and adjust seasonings as necessary.




Serving: 1serving, Calories: 401kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 709mg, Potassium: 934mg, Fiber: 20g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 10308IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Thank you for creating a one serving Split Pea Soup!! It’s my favorite soup but I only get it when I eat out because most recipes make way to many servings for just me.

  2. This is the BEST soup! I was raised on this soup I really appreciate a one-serving soup. IF I could give it more than 5 stars, I would do so.