Uncle Bill's Green Split Pea With Hambone Soup

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 3 hrs

This is my old fashioned style soup and is always enjoyed especially during the cold weather.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse peas well in cold water and add to a large cooking pot.
  2. Measure 8 cups of water and add to cooking pot.
  3. Bring to boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour.
  4. Return to stove and bring back to boil.
  5. Add ham bone, carrots, onions, celery, bay leaf, beef bouillon, salt, peppercorns and dried thyme.
  6. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove ham bone and cut off any remaining ham, cut into bite size pieces and return to soup.
  8. Discard ham bone.
  9. If there are big pieces of ham in the soup, remove, cut into bite size pieces and return to soup.
  10. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  11. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  12. If you desire a smooth soup, then puree' in batches in a food processor or blender.
  13. Or eat the soup without puree'ing.
  14. If soup is too thick, add more water to your desired consistency.
  15. Beef broth or chicken broth may be added, just reduce the water by the amounts used.
  16. Smoked ham hocks are excellent to use instead of a ham bone.
  17. If there is not enough ham on the ham bone, then add additional ham of your choice.
  18. You may also use about 1/4 teaspoon of Liquid Hickory Smoke, to get a smokey flavor.
  19. You may also use whole peas, but it will take a bit longer to cook these peas so that they are tender.
Most Helpful

This is one of the best-tasting soups I've ever made. I used some chicken broth, as you mentioned -- about 6 cups low-sodium broth and 2 cups water. I didn't have to adjust any of the seasonings or proportions in the recipe -- I can always count on Uncle Bill to post a recipe that is a 10-star; I never make one and then think I will tweak it next time. They're always perfect just as written. I pureed half of the soup in the blender; this made a nice and thick soup with still some texture. The three of us finished this in one night, with some crusty rolls. I can't wait to make it again, it's SO good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

TasteTester May 06, 2010

My family swore they hated split pea soup, but I love it so I made this recipe. Well, I now have a family of converts. Everyone loved it!!!! Thank you!

Slingmama April 15, 2010

FANTASTIC!!!! I had a huge ham bone sitting in my freezer, and I wanted to make your recipe, I was just waiting for a cooler day, and today was it! I used 5 cups of chicken broth and 5 cups water in place of all 12 cups water, and only used 1 beef cube... wonderful smokey taste that thickened up to just the right consistancy. I let it simmer slowley for about 2 hours, we really enjoyed this with homemade crusty buns...Uncle Bill has done it again! thanks for another winner!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz August 16, 2005