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Split Pea Soup with Ham Recipe
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Split Pea Soup with Ham Recipe

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For a different spin on split pea soup, try this recipe. The flavor is peppery rather than smoky. —Barbara Link, Rancho Cucamonga, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 pound potatoes (about 2 medium), cubed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 5 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 202 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 396 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 15 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat


  1. Place all ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Adding only 2 cups cubed ham adds a ton of savory flavor, but keeps sodium under 400 mg per serving.
Originally published as Hearty Split Pea Soup in Taste of Home Casseroles, Slow Cooker & Soups 3-in-1 2008, p351

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Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"WOW...delicious soup! I have made split pea soup for 40 years but never with these seasonings. Never have seen such a unique recipe and those seasonings are what makes this taste so good I'm sure. I also don't like the mushy taste of split pea soup but it always seems to go there. ....not this soup. It's very tasty and is now the go-to recipe for split pea soup at my house. I served it with jalapeno/cheese bread."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"This soup is just delicious! I made it the other day and am going to make another pot for a girlfriends birthday. She loves soup and l think she'll be so happy with this. Janet. VFE"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"This is my favorite split pea soup of all I have tried. It's very flavorful and has just the right consistency for me -- not too thick and not to thin. I'm very happy to have found it."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"This was awesome! We substituted the water with vegetable broth, and sweet potatoes for regular baking potatoes, added garlic and shortened cooking time to about an hour. No salt is needed at all, this was very flavorful! We used ham and served with warm cornbread! This is a winner!!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I have made this many times since I first saw it years ago in Taste of Home. As I remember it was submitted by a lady from my town of Alta Loma, California--so I had to try it! It is a family favorite many times over. I made it tonight for Christmas Eve, for the first time with bacon instead of ham. Hoping for good results as usual."

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