Split Pea Soup with Cubed Ham Recipe

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My husband has always loved split pea soup, but I never cared for it—until I came across this recipe. The combination of flavors is so tasty that even I have to admit to liking it.—Holly Dow, Presque Isle, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups dried green split peas
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 236 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 1177 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 13 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Split Pea Soup in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p41

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"very good"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I had prepared this recipe when it was first

featured in Taste of Home and I found it really good-it was a recipe which I definitely will use if I make Split Pea Soup!
I did make adjustments on this recipe to suit my tastes: I used 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil I also used 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning.
The soup came out tasting delicious!
Thank you, Holly Dow, for this recipe!

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"Canned chicken broth has 860 mg of sodium per cup aleady, too much even before the extra salt this recipe adds. Use low sodium chicken broth, still 450 mg a cup, and don't add any salt. Plus the ham has even more salt."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"This recipe was very bland. I looked up another recipe from this site and added spices and it was so much better. I will be using the other recipe going forward."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"Next time I make this recipe, I will omit added salt; the ham makes it salty enough. Otherwise, great combination of spices!"

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