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How To Make Homemade Split Pea Soup with a Ham Bone

Updated on November 17, 2013

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Makes 6 to 8 bowls of soup.

A Warm Soup for Chilly Nights

A hearty, satisfying soup with baked ham and aromatic vegetables.
A hearty, satisfying soup with baked ham and aromatic vegetables. | Source

Easy. Resourceful. Delicious!

"Split Pea Soup" gets a bad wrap in childhood - songs make fun of it and children everywhere turn up their noses at the very thought. But fill your home with the aroma of this easy to make and flavorful recipe just once and Split Pea Soup will warm the hearts - and stomachs - of those you love and feed everyday.

About Sorting Peas

The prep work needed for some dried vegetables can be a time consuming and daunting task, but don't fret - prepping split peas for this soup is a walk in the park! Sometimes pea-sized pebbles are included free with your pack of split peas, so sorting them by hand is necessary but only takes a few minutes.

  1. Open your pack of dried peas and pour them into a container.
  2. Pick up a handful at a time. Look them over well. Pick out and discard any rocks.
  3. Place the peas in a colander. Once you're finished sorting they'll be ready for rinsing!


  • 1 package dried split peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 14 oz. chicken broth, (sub: 2 chicken bouillon cubes + 2c. water)
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1/4 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 carrot(s), chopped
  • 1-2 celery stalk(s), chopped
To prevent scorching, use a sturdy, thick-walled soup pot.
To prevent scorching, use a sturdy, thick-walled soup pot. | Source
Combine water, peas, hambone and spices.  Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Combine water, peas, hambone and spices. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. | Source


  1. Sort peas by hand and discard any rocks. Rinse and drain.
  2. If using bouillon in place of broth, add the additional 2 cups of water to a heavy soup pot, boil water, and dissolve bouillon cubes.
  3. Combine the 4c. water, chicken broth (if not using bouillon), rinsed peas, ham bone, marjoram, black pepper, and bay leaf in the shop pot.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove ham bone and allow to cool enough to be handled. Cut remaining meat off bone, chop coarsely, and return the meat to the pot. You may discard the bone now.
  6. Stir in onion, carrot(s), and celery.
  7. Return to a boil. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes more until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Remove meat from bone, add vegetables, and simmer covered for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove meat from bone, add vegetables, and simmer covered for 20 to 30 minutes. | Source

A Hearty Homemade Soup Awaits!

And with the alluring aroma of baked ham and cooked vegetables, the dinner bell practically rings itself. I like it hot. I hear some like it cold. Keep it warm in a crockpot to serve throughout the day...but I wouldn't let it reach 9 days old!

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    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      4 years ago from Erie, PA

      Thanks V.T.! I really like it with the extra carrot and celery.

    • Vacation Trip profile image


      4 years ago from India

      Looks delicious and a perfect recipe for winter.


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