Grandma's Split Pea Soup

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

After any family ham dinner, my grandmother, and then my mother, and finally me, always use the hambone to make this hearty, home-y soup.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb split peas (yellow or green)
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 12 cup diced carrot
  • 12 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb ham bone (can substitute smoked ham hocks)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot.
  2. Bring to a boil slowly.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until thick.
  4. Remove bone, skin, and any fat.
  5. Chop meat into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Season to taste.


Most Helpful

I have never made or so much as seen split pea soup before but, wow! One of my friends always raves about how good it is so thought that I'd give it a try. I really enjoyed it. I suppose that due to the coloring, no one else would even try it but, whatever...their loss! ;) This was so easy to put together. I used 2 ham hocks and followed the ingredient list perfectly, seasoning with salt and pepper at the table. This is a keeper. Thanks so much for posting!

mydesigirl January 18, 2010

Now this is a soup I can eat...hands down! Great, simple and wholesome.

lotusland January 16, 2010

Total comfort soup that really hit the spot on a very cold winter day. Simple ingredients can turn out so good and the recipe went together fast, which is always appreciated when I'm pressed for time. I opted to use smoked ham shanks in place of the ham bone.

LainieBug January 11, 2010

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