Hearty Split Pea Soup Recipe
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Hearty Split Pea Soup Recipe

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For a different spin on traditional split pea soup, try this recipe. The flavor is peppery rather than smoky, and the corned beef is an unexpected, tasty change of pace. -Barbara Link, Alta Loma, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed cooked corned beef or ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 199 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas and vegetables are tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Split Pea Soup in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p29

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denisewinter User ID: 3915923 257551
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"Fantastic recipe! I used ham, added an extra carrot and am not a fan of sage, so I left that out. Followed the directions and the flavor was delicious."

ItsMandi User ID: 7811950 247615
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I have been using this recipe for over 10 yrs! Soooooo good!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 26249 246322
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"WOW great flavor, when I was making this recipe and I just got it boiling the whole house smelled like sage and I thought Oh No this isn't going to be good but after letting simmer for 2 hours it turned out fine, actually really good there isn't an over powering sage flavor like the smell I got from cooking it, it has lost of flavor and isn't watery I will make this again, thanks for the recipe."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 245974
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"This is a good tasting hearty soup. I always add Italian seasonings and garlic to my soups. The ony thing differnt I'll do next time, and it's only because it's a family preference, is strain the soup and smooth it through the food processor. The taste is great, though!"

GramaCathy User ID: 6313104 243564
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"I have made this 3 times recently using the cubed ham option! Freezes wonderfully. I freeze in individual servings to take to work for lunch! As the recipe says, cube potatoes as they need to be larger than the chopped onions & celery as we all know, they cook quicker. As soon as the peas are tender, the soup is done. It's incredible!"

DawnLockhart User ID: 3466471 238007
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"Very good soup! Hearty and very healthy."

barefooter175 User ID: 8606943 237234
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I made this soup almost as indicated. I doubled the recipe. For the eight cups of water and five teaspoons chicken bouillon, I had used 64 oz. of chicken broth. For the 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, I used thyme. I did not use the one teaspoon of poultry seasoning. I did everything else as the recipe called for. I cooked this in a two gallon cast iron kettle.

The soup is fantastic. I had the pastor over for lunch - this soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and he asked for the recipe. He loves split pea soup. Another friend is getting a quart. I have three quarts left over and they are now in the freezer. I am very pleased with how things turned out."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 217793
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I made it without the potatoes tonight, and it was just as good. A wonderful dinner choice for a cold night!"

blueyedjla User ID: 2054467 216414
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"My husband and i love this soup."

cookie2014 User ID: 8113567 41602
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014 Edited Nov. 24, 2014

"This was terrible!! The peas were rock hard!! I followed the directions just as stated! I was very upset. Not only did I waste my time but I wasted my money!"

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