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Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe

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This old-fashioned favorite is not only a snap to make but it's economical, too, confirms Laurie Todd of Columbus, Mississippi. Carrots, celery and onion accent the subtle flavor of the split peas, while a ham bone adds a meaty touch to this hearty soup. It's sure to chase away autumn's chill.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 202 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Directions

  1. Sort peas and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. Return peas to Dutch oven. Add 2-1/2 qts. water, ham bone, onion, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the ham bone; when cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone. Discard bone; dice meat and return to soup. Add carrots and celery. Simmer, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes or until soup reaches desired thickness and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Split Pea Soup in Country Woman September/October 2001, p40

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 202 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 14 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"Yes well this here recipe is a 5 star in my mind. I added potatoes and bacon because I had to use it up but even without them it was delicious. Thank you. It's a repeat in my home. ??"

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"This soup has good flavor - depending mostly on the quality and taste of your hambone, but I would have to agree with those reviewers who complain of how thin this soup is. It is significantly thinner than any other split pea soup I've ever made. I would suggest holding back 2-3 cups of the water that they suggest using and I would guess you won't decide to add it in later."

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"A minus 5. worst recipe ever. watery, no flavour. I have made dozens of good pea soups. This one goes in the garbage. even 2 qts might be too much. no saving this."

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Very watery. It's been cooking for a few hours now and it hasn't thickened yet. I only added 2 qts of water instead of the 2.5qts. I was hoping for a thick pea soup."

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"This is the first split pea soup I've ever made. It is yummy and easy to make. I am no cook and even forgot to add peas as the ham bone was cooking, lol. But I added the peas when I added the carrots and celery and let it cook til peas were done. So, so cook.:)"

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