Judy's Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is my mom's recipe that she has been making since I was a kid. My husband never liked pea soup until he tried this one! My mom always makes it without the ham bone and just uses diced ham, but if you have bone in ham, you could put that in the soup while it's cooking. This hearty soup gets even tastier and thicker the next day when reheated. Goes great with crusty bread and butter!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse one bag of split peas. Bring to a boil with 7 cups of water and 1 can of chicken broth. Cover and turn off heat and let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Turn burner back on medium heat and add the ham, (bone if you have it), onions, salt, pepper, marjoram, and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to and allow to simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Add carrots, celery, and potatoes. Cover and simmer on low for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and bone (if using) and serve.


Most Helpful

I have made this soup before and am making again this weekend! Thank you for the great recipe!

ibouck January 13, 2010

What a great soup. I totally loved it.

andy.krodel December 03, 2008

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