Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe
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Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

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Not a winter goes by that I don't fix at least one batch of this traditional pea soup. It's a hot and hearty meal that really warms up my family.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound dried green split peas (2 cups)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced peeled potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-cup serving (prepared with low-fat ham and without salt) equals 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat 1 vegetable; also 205 calories, 389 mg sodium, 12 mg cholesterol, 32 gm carbohydrate, 16 gm protein, 2 gm fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring the peas, water and oil to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the next eight ingredients; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley. Yield: 10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Split Pea and Ham Soup in Country Pork 1996, p42

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"If you really want to add extra flavor, use the ham bone too. A little celery salt helps with flavor. Also, if you like a less mushy pea, use the whole peas or a combination of split and whole."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I followed the directions exactly and found the peas way overcooked. I ended up adding two cups of water and a teaspoon of ham base for flavor. Next time I will cook peas less and add veggies earlier!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"absolutely wonderful. great soup for the St. Pat's potluck"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"Really good! Followed the recipe almost exactly and couldn't stop eating it!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"We liked this soup a lot. Thanks for sharing it! I used the ingredients listed here but the method shown in the video on this page. For example, "sweating" the carrots, celery and onions to soften them up a bit, then adding the dried split peas and other ingredients directly into that pot. I also substituted chicken stock for water to get more flavor. The split peas really don't need to simmer for two hours .... 35-45 minutes is more than enough time."

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