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Split Pea Soup Recipe

This hearty classic is a great dish for all cooks, whether a beginner or more experienced. Not only is it nourishing and inexpensive, it's simple to make.—John Croce Jr., Yarmouth, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. + simmering YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 pound dried green split peas
  • 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; leaving cover ajar, simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Discard bay leaf. Remove the ham hocks; when cool enough to handle, cut meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to the soup and heat through. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 491 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 669mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 15g fiber), 38g protein .

Reviews for Split Pea Soup

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delowenstein 237730
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I think this is a really great recipe to use, too! I HAVE made adjustments: I cooked 9 slices of turkey bacon until crisp, then diced the bacon.

I used one can (14.5-oz.) chicken broth, combined with enough water to make 10 cups liquid. I omitted the bouillon cubes this time around since I already had the chicken broth on hand.
What I did was combine 1 tsp. each garlic powder, Southern Hickory smoked seasoning, seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, crushed, 1/4 tsp. pepper together which I added to the soup mixture before cooking, along with the split peas. (I omitted regular salt!) I did bring soup mixture to a boil, then reduced heat, leaving cover ajar to simmer 3 hours and stirred occasionally. Since I didn't HAVE ham hocks to use, I cooked the turkey bacon and diced it before preparing the soup. I used 2 cups of baby carrots which I'd finely chopped and a large onion, finely chopped. I LOVE bacon in split pea soup besides having it with ham! Thank you, John Croce, for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home. I used this for an Ingredient Challenge for peas this week! delowenstein"

akkbranine 220752
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Great! Would probably add more veggies . . . peas not too thick. Family favorite!"

ebramkamp 8411
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"This soup is exactly what a delicious bowl of split pea soup should be. It is hearty and flavorful. Split pea soup is one of my favorites but not my husband's. I knew this recipe was a keeper because he didn't mind that we had leftovers!"

mrs._white 8410
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I was always afraid of trying to make split pea soup because I thought it was difficult to make. Boy was I wrong! This is such a simple, yet DELICIOUS recipe!"

dhooie 16138
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"This recipe is very forgiving when it comes to spices. I used Italian Seasoning in lieu of the oregano and added some Season-all. I also only made half the recipe. Note, it takes longer than shown in the heading. If you read the instructions, it shows several hours of boiling. I boiled the ham hock and liquid for several hours and then cut up the hock and proceeded with the recipe. I would definitely make it again."

dalbailey 5389
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I used yellow split peas I had a spiral ham so used the bone had chicken soup stock no bay leaf so did not add rest the same came out great I would make again"

MargV 200583
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"This is a very good soup. I did add some chopped ham. The oregano gave it a very nice flavor."

tamarachronister 9354
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I made this with only one minor change. I used chopped up ham (didn't have a ham hock). Living at 6,000', I had to cook it longer and add more water. Good flavor, hearty, warms you to your toes, and everyone loved it."

Montgrandma 18703
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"I followed the recipe exactly & served it to my family, ages 18 to 91, and all loved it."

MelissaCampbell 6669
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"This is my first time making split pea soup, so I may not have as much of an idea. I didn't like the smell of the hamhock, and it's all through my house now. I think I will try a bacon based recipe next time."

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