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Hearty Split Pea Soup Recipe

Hearty Split Pea Soup Recipe

For a different spin on traditional split pea soup, try this recipe. The flavor is peppery rather than smoky, and the corned beef is an unexpected, tasty change of pace. —Barbara Link, Alta Loma, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed cooked corned beef or ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 teaspoons 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas and vegetables are tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 199 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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flowers58 User ID: 6187738 271442
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017


2124arizona User ID: 845443 268451
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"This is better than any split pea soup that I have eaten@"

2124arizona User ID: 845443 268450
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"This soup is better than any other split pea soup that I have had!"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 261694
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2017

"this was very good. must admit to not using a couple of spices (basil&marjoram). tasting the flavor along the way didn't think they were needed, somehow basil just didn't sound right to my taste buds, not saying it's wrong just didn't need to use.

we are such fans of split pea soup."

mwalker21 User ID: 987317 257891
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"Yes, I can see why this is an award winning recipe. It was PHENOMENAL! The only change I made was I added some hickory smoked kielbasa. My 4 year old grand-daughter loved it also and asked for another bowl."

denisewinter User ID: 3915923 257551
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"Fantastic recipe! I used ham, added an extra carrot and am not a fan of sage, so I left that out. Followed the directions and the flavor was delicious."

ItsMandi User ID: 7811950 247615
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I have been using this recipe for over 10 yrs! Soooooo good!"

[email protected] User ID: 26249 246322
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"WOW great flavor, when I was making this recipe and I just got it boiling the whole house smelled like sage and I thought Oh No this isn't going to be good but after letting simmer for 2 hours it turned out fine, actually really good there isn't an over powering sage flavor like the smell I got from cooking it, it has lost of flavor and isn't watery I will make this again, thanks for the recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 245974
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"This is a good tasting hearty soup. I always add Italian seasonings and garlic to my soups. The ony thing differnt I'll do next time, and it's only because it's a family preference, is strain the soup and smooth it through the food processor. The taste is great, though!"

GramaCathy User ID: 6313104 243564
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"I have made this 3 times recently using the cubed ham option! Freezes wonderfully. I freeze in individual servings to take to work for lunch! As the recipe says, cube potatoes as they need to be larger than the chopped onions & celery as we all know, they cook quicker. As soon as the peas are tender, the soup is done. It's incredible!"

DawnLockhart User ID: 3466471 238007
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"Very good soup! Hearty and very healthy."

barefooter175 User ID: 8606943 237234
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I made this soup almost as indicated. I doubled the recipe. For the eight cups of water and five teaspoons chicken bouillon, I had used 64 oz. of chicken broth. For the 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, I used thyme. I did not use the one teaspoon of poultry seasoning. I did everything else as the recipe called for. I cooked this in a two gallon cast iron kettle.

The soup is fantastic. I had the pastor over for lunch - this soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and he asked for the recipe. He loves split pea soup. Another friend is getting a quart. I have three quarts left over and they are now in the freezer. I am very pleased with how things turned out."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 217793
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I made it without the potatoes tonight, and it was just as good. A wonderful dinner choice for a cold night!"

blueyedjla User ID: 2054467 216414
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"My husband and i love this soup."

cookie2014 User ID: 8113567 41602
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014 Edited Nov. 24, 2014

"This was terrible!! The peas were rock hard!! I followed the directions just as stated! I was very upset. Not only did I waste my time but I wasted my money!"

SammyPrissy User ID: 5091114 13938
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This soup is delicious. I will make it over and over again."

kalygirl User ID: 5774036 9743
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Unbelievable pea soup!!!! Best homemade ham and split pea soup I have ever made. Family loved,loved,loved it!!!!"

Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 23465
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"WOW!! This is the best soup ever. I have made it more than once and will many more times."

jprill User ID: 898475 12587
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"I make this soup regularly--it's delicious! Perfect recipe!"

beckyboo1100 User ID: 7654593 6102
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"Best pea soup I've had"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 31042
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"I still can't believe that I threw everything into a pot, put it on the stove, and 75 minutes later I had the world's best soup! This was so outrageously good! I will never make ham and bean soup again! I used a ham hock for this recipe. I will definitely make again!!!"

huntinglady User ID: 4759101 37383
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This is the best Split Pea soup ever!!! It has all the right spices to make it the greatest!!! I have made it several times. It is the only Split Pea soup recipe you will ever need."

mally_5508 User ID: 7193031 12597
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"This recipe is great!!! I can't wait to make it at my next family gathering!!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 17307
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"This soup is great!! I used chicken broth instead of water and I added four cloves of garlic in place of the pepper."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 37783
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013 Edited Jan. 5, 2013

"This was great!! I used chicken broth instead of water and added a few cloves of garlic instead of pepper."

mrsholiday User ID: 6944337 37381
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"Delicious. Warming. Comfort. YUM!!"

Diana017 User ID: 6925193 12485
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I made this tonight and it was excellent! My husband said it blew the socks off the split pea soup a friend makes with his grandfather's recipe.

The only change I made was 1) no black pepper because I don't like it, 2) Swanson's chicken broth instead of the water and bullion, and 3) didn't add salt since the broth was loaded with it.
I used cubed ham from Wal-Mart and julienne carrots. We both agree that this chunky version makes the soup much heartier that traditional recipes. Super easy! It will be in the rotation this winter. Thanks!"

Diana017 User ID: 6925193 13084
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I made this tonight and it was excellent! My husband said it blew the socks off the split pea soup a friend makes with his grandfather's recipe.

The only change I made was 1) no black pepper because I don't like it, 2) Swanson's chicken broth instead of the water and bullion, and 3) didn't add salt since the broth was loaded with it.
I used cubed ham from Wal-Mart and julienne carrots. We both agree that this chunky version makes the soup much heartier that traditional recipes. It will be in the rotation this winter. Thanks!"

sbilevich User ID: 4518056 6101
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"I've made this with cubed ham. Excellent recipe, very flavorfull and easy to make. I would add 1 more cup of water next time."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 12582
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I have cooked it again! My husband told me that it was the best split pea soup he ever had!"

TSpahr User ID: 5938693 17306
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"My family loves this soup!! I thought I didn't care for Split Pea soup, until I had this. It is so good. @ekatiakarpova - The directions have you boil INITIALLY and then SIMMER for over a hour. I don't think the spices lose ANY flavor during was very flavorful. I always double this as my family gobbles it up. It is a keeper and in the winter rotation. Thanks."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 39117
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Wow, very tasty, I wished I put less pepper then the recipe calls because it was too much black pepper. When you boil long time something better to put flavory spices before the end then you will able to save spices from loosing flavor during long time boiling like this recipe calls to boil over 1 hour."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 12484
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"This is one of my favorite soup recipes. The flavor is awesome. I also like to throw a ham bone in there too for added flavor. If you think you don't like pea soup, you should try this recipe. Can't imagine anyone not liking it. Nothing like a bowl of this soup on a cold winter day!"

majelline User ID: 728374 9741
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"It was awesome. My son drop by for unexpected visit and he loved it as well. Is the nutritional info correct? Says no fiber in this recipe."

Morinstoltz User ID: 5928360 41601
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Wow, this was awesome! easy and delicious. Was concerned about 2 large onions but I think that was the trick for the great taste. I never liked split Pea soup until now!"

timstein User ID: 5395125 39116
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Love it! It is one of my favorites. My husband does not like split pea soup and he loved this one!"

layla noel User ID: 2242695 31038
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I was pleasantly surprised at how well this recipe turned out. I am by no means a fan of pea soup, but I was wanting something low calorie and different for dinner.

This turned out to be a real winner! The peas/veggies absorbed most of the herbs, and what was left was a scrumptious tasty soup.
My only recommendation is to use a large stock pot. I originally tried to make this soup with a 5 quart dutch oven, but it was way too small. I
Again, this recipe is a keeper!"

patreeseeya User ID: 5513000 9731
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"I have to add to my previous review...for my small family of three this was a large batch of soup. My daughter really does love split pea soup and so when we got home from church the next day she asked me "do we have any green soup left?" I said "Yes!!!" I heated it up for us and dang it if it wasn't a 100 times better the next day!!! It was soooo good we all had two large bowls, skipping the homemade bread all together, and we licked our lips to the very last drop! That's how good this soup is! And now I am making my second batch in a week, deliberately cooking it at bedtime so that tomorrow we can repeat our "leftover green soup" experience!!!"

patreeseeya User ID: 5513000 13082
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"delish! I have for years made a TOH split pea soup with meatballs that my daughter requests monthly in the winter, but we had a big leftover ham bone and so I tried this one...hubby licked bowl clean and daughter says "it was good...but I want it with meatballs from now on, mom" I conclude that its delicious! and I love it!!!"

mrslucky User ID: 143622 23463
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"I made this Hearty Split Pea soup for company last night, it was a HIT. I also made Chunky Taco soup as I was not sure all liked pea soup. They both were hits.Lady friends asked for the receipes."

LatelyLisa User ID: 5581400 37379
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Great easy pea soup recipe. I usually use left over ham and it turns out wonderfully!!"

angelkin User ID: 3360022 13081
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"I was completely lost without this recipe,,i cannot tell you how many "non" pea soup eaters ask me to make this!!! try you and you will agree :) i pop mine into the slow cooker :) and come home at nite to YUMMMmm"

nursechef User ID: 4715518 31037
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"Quite possibly the best split pea soup I've ever had. My other half LOVED it and he doesn't like peas!"

kknepper User ID: 3913152 41600
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Best I have ever eaten thumbs up from everyone I served it to from teens to age 90. Not a quick recipe takes time to prepare but well worth it."

[email protected] User ID: 496070 13935
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"Excellent flavor!"

whiskeyechoalpha User ID: 1640614 30508
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"very good"

goodterry User ID: 2819598 17305
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2008

"The best pea soup I have ever had !

If you know someone who does not like pea soup this one will convert them."

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