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
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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 serving (1 cup) equals 180 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 435 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 9 g 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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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"So very good and healthy."

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."

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."

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!"

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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