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Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe

Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

Reviews for Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

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

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. ??"

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."

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."

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."

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.:)"

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!"

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!!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Perfect consistancy and taste!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Nice Recipe"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I don't know why you boil the peas to start. My soup has been cooking for hours and is still watery and my peas have vanished :( I will try recipe again minus that pre-boil part. Would be nice to see a pea :)"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Personally I would decrease water by a quart.Ham has alot of water in it"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Very good split pea soup. I had to soak my peas for 4 hours, so the soup took a long time to make. It also didn't turn out as thick as other split pea soups. I ended up taking two cups of water out so it wouldn't overflow on my stove, but it was still a thinner split pea soup. However, it was very good and my husband loved it."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"Very flavorful and creamy."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I've never made split pea soup before, and was a bit unsure how to make it. This recipe is simple, easy and DELICIOUS!! I did not add any of the spices outside of salt & pepper and I would leave the lid slightly off to allow steam to escape as it cause a mess on my stove. But this recipe is excellent and produces a hearty, thick soup."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"I did not change a thing. The time for cooking was right. Not one crunchy pea. The flavor was great. Soaked for 4 hours. No salt ham was salty enough for us."

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