Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours
Makes10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 202 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 12g fiber), 14g protein.
Dec 27, 2019
I make this twice a year for years!! Love eating this soup even more than the ham!!
Nov 25, 2018
I rated this a 5 star! I snagged a Hambone,(the jackpot of any Family Holiday) so a big meaty bone, from my cousins this Thanksgiving with drippings. This Sunday I used this recipe and 2-1/2 quarts of water was just right to cook that bone and get the inside goodness hidden ham to fall, off staying, MOIST while cooking! I actually added more water because I increased carrots , celery and added 3 potatos..The only other thing I did differnt is I soaked my peas overnight for 12 hours with 6 changes of water and rinses, and added some of my drippings to the soup and cooked 5 hours on simmer if its too much water just take the lid off and simmer away or add some potatoes! Thank you for the excellent recipe
Apr 5, 2018
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
Jan 8, 2018
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.
Jan 1, 2018
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.
Feb 21, 2016
Easy to make, perfect for a cold winter day.
Jan 9, 2016
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. ??
Jan 4, 2016
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.
Dec 28, 2015
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.
Nov 1, 2015
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.