In a large soup pot, saute the onions over medium heat in olive oil until translucent (about 4-5 minutes) add the chopped garlic and cook another minute (being careful to not let it get too dark). Add the peas, hocks, carrots, and celery.
Tie the parsley and bay leaf together with kitchen string. Add the herb bundle, stock, paprika, and salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer; cover and cook (stirring often) 30 minutes. Please note: Split peas absorb lots of liquid as they cook, so check the soup often and add extra stock as needed.
Stir in the potatoes and cook until soup is thick and peas have almost disintegrated, about 30 minutes more.
Remove the pot from the heat, and remove the bone to a bowl to cool.
Pull meat from ham bone and shred.
Remove the herb bundle from the soup and discard.
Add the shredded ham and heat the soup to a simmer.
If needed, season with salt and pepper.
How to make split pea soup with a ham bone?
It's so easy, you just throw the hambone in with the soup as it cooks! It adds a lot of flavor so I highly recommend it! I also add a chunk of leftover ham meat if the bone doesn't have much meat.
How to make split pea soup with a ham hock
You can use ham hocks in place of a ham bone. They can be found at your local butcher or supermarket. Like with the ham bone, you just throw it in with the pot and allow it to cook with the soup.To make this recipe in the slow cooker: Follow the instructions to where you lower the heat to a simmer and then add it to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours, add the potatoes and then cook a further 1-2 hours. For the Ham Bone:Using a bone with a good amount of meat still attached is best so you'll have enough meat for the soup.Top Tips
Split peas absorb lots of liquid as they cook, so check the soup often and add extra stock as needed.
The peas in this soup only need to be cooked until tender, but if you like a smoother, creamier soup, cook them longer until they are soft and falling apart.
For an even silkier soup, puree it (before adding the shredded ham meat) with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender or food processor.