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Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

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. YIELD:10 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).

Nutritional 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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suekg User ID: 3417903 257045
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"Used up my salty ham, yay"

maryft User ID: 13185 75766
Reviewed 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."

SarahJane99 User ID: 7078371 18756
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1272496 15459
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

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

roymurdock User ID: 6730460 48458
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

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

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 202260
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5237806 75765
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

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

ahmom User ID: 3426126 19462
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011


Ruehs User ID: 3514960 42469
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Very good. my whole family loved it! I would definitely make again. This will become a go to recipe for leftover ham!"

jenhalls User ID: 4454460 19460
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"Maybe I am missing something but didn't think it was that great. It was ok but don't know if I will be making it again."

mickeymotto User ID: 1689557 48457
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"WONDERFUL!! I never thought I liked split pea soup until we made this. It is soooo good! We will definitely make this over and over again."

kknepper User ID: 3913152 202259
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"takes time to make but very tasty, I cooked mine using meaty ham hock adding extra chopped ham, turne dout great."

mahen29 User ID: 3915883 42468
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"Why is the oil necessary??"

jrandle318 User ID: 3763169 22939
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"Next time I make this, I'll use half the carrots, celery, and onion. The recipe as is tasted more like vegetable soup than split pea."

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