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Split Pea Soup with Cubed Ham

My husband has always loved split pea soup, but I never cared for it—until I came across this recipe. The combination of flavors is so tasty that even I have to admit to liking it.—Holly Dow, Presque Isle, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups dried green split peas
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 236 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 1177mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 13g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • danilane
    Mar 26, 2014

    very good

  • delowenstein
    Aug 6, 2013

    I had prepared this recipe when it was firstfeatured in Taste of Home and I found it really good-it was a recipe which I definitely will use if I make Split Pea Soup!I did make adjustments on this recipe to suit my tastes: I used 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil I also used 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning.The soup came out tasting delicious!Thank you, Holly Dow, for this recipe!DELowenstein

  • emjayay
    Jun 29, 2013

    Canned chicken broth has 860 mg of sodium per cup aleady, too much even before the extra salt this recipe adds. Use low sodium chicken broth, still 450 mg a cup, and don't add any salt. Plus the ham has even more salt.

  • colababe
    Jan 30, 2013

    No comment left

  • plainpatty
    Jan 5, 2013

    This recipe was very bland. I looked up another recipe from this site and added spices and it was so much better. I will be using the other recipe going forward.

  • 1superrn
    Feb 8, 2012

    Next time I make this recipe, I will omit added salt; the ham makes it salty enough. Otherwise, great combination of spices!

  • bethz1999
    Feb 5, 2011

    My family loves this soup. I added chopped carrots and celery to it with the onion. Yum!

  • D.A.Jacobs
    Feb 9, 2010

    Great recipe! A bowl of this soup and a slice of buttered homemade bread is  tailored made for this winter weather.

  • ShepMc
    Feb 9, 2010

    This is very good and very easy to make

  • SusanCJones
    Jan 8, 2007

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