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Split Pea Vegetable Soup

This recipe originated with the master chef of our family—my father-in-law. It freezes so well that frequently I'll cook up a double batch of soup. My husband, our two sons (14 and 12) and I live on 70 acres outside of town. I enjoy crafts. But I'm every bit as happy plowing fields or baling hay!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    16-20 servings (about 5 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 7 to 8 whole allspice, tied in a cheesecloth bag
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, shredded


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the peas, water, allspice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Stir in the potatoes, carrots, onions, ham and cabbage; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Discard allspice.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 180 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • farmerjul
    Jan 7, 2014

    So very good and healthy.

  • Spyrus
    Nov 10, 2013

    Absolutely love this soup. Made it many, many times. I have friends who do not like cabbage and they love this soup. It is a true winner.

  • kshea
    Jun 24, 2012

    This is a good soup. However, I always use yellow split peas, never green ones as we don't like the taste.

  • Norgie
    Jan 22, 2011

    Oh, my goodness! This is just incredible. I can't stop eating it!! I didn't have allspice so I improvised by using substitute spices (1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves). I also used packaged cole slaw cabbage, which worked fine, but think I'll cut my own next time in order to have larger pieces. Awesome!

  • Darlene1679
    Jan 16, 2010

    I love split pea soup of any description. In place of the ham I used sliced kielbasa and it was wonderful. This tastes wonderfully "cooked from scratch".