- 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
- 1 meaty ham bone
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup chopped celery
- Sort peas and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
- Return peas to Dutch oven. Add 2-1/2 qts. water, ham bone, onion, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the ham bone; when cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone. Discard bone; dice meat and return to soup. Add carrots and celery. Simmer, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes or until soup reaches desired thickness and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Reviews forOld-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone
"This recipe calls for too much water. I must have simmered this soup for three hours to get it to a decent consistency. At this point it was tasty but I most likely will not use this recipe again"
"I found this to be a very standard split pea soup recipe. It was tasty and easy. I used the 2.5 qts of water and fine with the consistency. I may have simmered a bit longer. I usually find a soup like this to start out a little less thick but once cooled and reheated, I could have added a little water. I'll use again."
"I misread the water to be 2 1/2 cups instead of 2 1/2 quarts! Because of that - this soup was excellent. Recipe needs to be modified to reflect a change in the water - 2 1/2 quarts w/ have def made for a watery soup like many reviewers state. I also added about 1 1/2 cups diced ham chunks and after the initial one hour soak I put all the ingredients in at one time and cooked for 1 1/2 hours (instead of a 2 step cooking process). Also - I did use probably about 3 to 3 1/2 cups of water in total b/c it barely covered the ingredients at first."
"easy to make, perfect for a cold winter day."
"Yes well this here recipe is a 5 star in my mind. I added potatoes and bacon because I had to use it up but even without them it was delicious. Thank you. It's a repeat in my home. ??"
"This soup has good flavor - depending mostly on the quality and taste of your hambone, but I would have to agree with those reviewers who complain of how thin this soup is. It is significantly thinner than any other split pea soup I've ever made. I would suggest holding back 2-3 cups of the water that they suggest using and I would guess you won't decide to add it in later."
"A minus 5. worst recipe ever. watery, no flavour. I have made dozens of good pea soups. This one goes in the garbage. even 2 qts might be too much. no saving this."
"Very watery. It's been cooking for a few hours now and it hasn't thickened yet. I only added 2 qts of water instead of the 2.5qts. I was hoping for a thick pea soup."
"This is a simple, wonderfully tasting Pea soup. Last Winter, I gave away 3 ham bones because all of the recipes I had were so complicated and over done. Use this, cook often and enjoy!"