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


  • 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 cup: 202 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 12g fiber), 14g protein.


  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

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Nancy.umbdenstock User ID: 8778330 244241
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"easy to make, perfect for a cold winter day."

dF203aR4 User ID: 8691023 241423
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. ??"

glenlake4805mi User ID: 5702929 241047
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."

mike57111 User ID: 8678353 240431
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."

Lpcausin User ID: 8599783 236156
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."

Jenny672011 User ID: 8161346 230814
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.:)"

olauezzari User ID: 8238476 219300
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"This is a simple, wonderfully tasting Pea soup. Last Winter, I gave away 3 ham bones because all of the recipes I had were so complicated and over done. Use this, cook often and enjoy!"

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 90516
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"This soup was really good!! It wasn't thick like other split pea soup recipes but the taste was really good!! I bought an extra piece of ham to add to the soup and I used 1/2 tsp. of salt instead of 1 tsp. of salt because our house uses reduced sodium recipes. I also soaked the peas for 1 hour like the recipe says but I did not add the peas to the soup until the bone was removed from the soup because I saw the other reviews about the peas being mushy. I will definitely be making this again, thanks!!!!!"

beeman42 User ID: 6421144 80859
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Perfect consistancy and taste!"

RKRKRK User ID: 6829276 204489
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Nice Recipe"

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