Split Pea Vegetable Soup Recipe
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Split Pea Vegetable Soup Recipe

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This recipe originated with the master chef of our family—my father-in-law. It freezes so well that frequently I'll cook up a double batch of soup. My husband, our two sons (14 and 12) and I live on 70 acres outside of town. I enjoy crafts. But I'm every bit as happy plowing fields or baling hay!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 7 to 8 whole allspice, tied in a cheesecloth bag
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, shredded

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 180 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the peas, water, allspice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, onions, ham and cabbage; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Discard allspice. Yield: 16-20 servings (about 5 quarts).
Originally published as Split Pea Vegetable Soup in Country Woman January/February 1993, p31

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farmerjul User ID: 1773430 31333
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"So very good and healthy."

Spyrus User ID: 5850071 37284
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Absolutely love this soup. Made it many, many times. I have friends who do not like cabbage and they love this soup. It is a true winner."

kshea User ID: 2698812 201278
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"This is a good soup. However, I always use yellow split peas, never green ones as we don't like the taste."

Norgie User ID: 5779287 18680
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Oh, my goodness! This is just incredible. I can't stop eating it!! I didn't have allspice so I improvised by using substitute spices (1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves). I also used packaged cole slaw cabbage, which worked fine, but think I'll cut my own next time in order to have larger pieces. Awesome!"

Darlene1679 User ID: 3521440 201277
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I love split pea soup of any description. In place of the ham I used sliced kielbasa and it was wonderful. This tastes wonderfully "cooked from scratch"."

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