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Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe

Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Recipe

This old-fashioned favorite is not only a snap to make but it's economical, too, confirms Laurie Todd of Columbus, Mississippi. Carrots, celery and onion accent the subtle flavor of the split peas, while a ham bone adds a meaty touch to this hearty soup. It's sure to chase away autumn's chill.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dry green split peas
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery


  • 1. Place peas in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; 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 hour. Drain and rinse peas, discarding liquid.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 202 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 12g fiber), 14g protein.

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"easy to make, perfect for a cold winter day."

Reviewed 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. ??"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"This is the first split pea soup I've ever made. It is yummy and easy to make. I am no cook and even forgot to add peas as the ham bone was cooking, lol. But I added the peas when I added the carrots and celery and let it cook til peas were done. So, so cook.:)"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"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!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"This soup was really good!! It wasn't thick like other split pea soup recipes but the taste was really good!! I bought an extra piece of ham to add to the soup and I used 1/2 tsp. of salt instead of 1 tsp. of salt because our house uses reduced sodium recipes. I also soaked the peas for 1 hour like the recipe says but I did not add the peas to the soup until the bone was removed from the soup because I saw the other reviews about the peas being mushy. I will definitely be making this again, thanks!!!!!"

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