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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Not a winter goes by that I don't fix at least one batch of this traditional pea soup. It's a hot and hearty meal that really warms up my family.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound dried green split peas (2 cups)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced peeled potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring the peas, water and oil to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the next eight ingredients; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 205 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Bonnie
    Oct 30, 2018

    I didn't use the oil because I couldn't understand what it adds to the party I used a clove of garlic added a bay leaf and a little bit of oregano delicious

  • suekg
    Nov 20, 2016

    Used up my salty ham, yay

  • maryft
    Dec 28, 2013

    If you really want to add extra flavor, use the ham bone too. A little celery salt helps with flavor. Also, if you like a less mushy pea, use the whole peas or a combination of split and whole.

  • legato
    Apr 1, 2013

    No comment left

  • SarahJane99
    Mar 17, 2013

    I followed the directions exactly and found the peas way overcooked. I ended up adding two cups of water and a teaspoon of ham base for flavor. Next time I will cook peas less and add veggies earlier!

  • mwilson101
    Mar 4, 2013

    absolutely wonderful. great soup for the St. Pat's potluck

  • roymurdock
    Nov 10, 2012

    Really good! Followed the recipe almost exactly and couldn't stop eating it!

  • Toni51
    Apr 2, 2012

    We liked this soup a lot. Thanks for sharing it! I used the ingredients listed here but the method shown in the video on this page. For example, "sweating" the carrots, celery and onions to soften them up a bit, then adding the dried split peas and other ingredients directly into that pot. I also substituted chicken stock for water to get more flavor. The split peas really don't need to simmer for two hours .... 35-45 minutes is more than enough time.

  • seekye1st
    Dec 29, 2011

    I only cooked the peas for 30 minutes, then added the next eight for another 30 minutes.

  • ahmom
    Nov 25, 2011