Joe's Split Pea, Bacon, Ham & Potato Soup

"This was my first attempt at making pea soup, and because it was the first time, I went and checked out a multitude of other recipes to get ideas. This is the resultant recipe, and if I do say so myself, it's the best pea soup I've ever tasted. I know that sounds like boasting, but I really mean it. This recipe made an excellent pea soup. Try it, you'll like it!"
Joe's Split Pea, Bacon, Ham & Potato Soup created by Brenda.
Ready In:
3hrs 5mins




  • Rinse peas in a colandar and set aside.
  • Medium chop red onion, celery, and green pepper, and cut bacon into small pieces.
  • Add the bacon to a large soup pot, and render the bacon, on medium high heat, until crispy. Add onions, celery and green pepper to the bacon and bacon fat, and cook until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the bay leaves, marjoram, black pepper, peas, water and bouillon granules and stir well. Add the ham bone and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hours (90 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the ham bone and allow to cool. Meanwhile, cut up the potatoes into bite sized pieces and add to the soup pot. If soup if too thick, add additional water. Remove any remaining ham from the ham bone, cut the ham into bite sized pieces, and return to the soup pot. Check the soup pot for large pieces of ham, hunks of fat, etc. Cut up the ham, and remove the hunks of fat. Continue to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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  1. wadadlite
    Delicious! I added a cup of dry sherry because I always have! I have pea soup connoisseurs in this house and it was their favorite ever!! Yum, yum! Thank you!
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  2. Brenda.
    Joe's Split Pea, Bacon, Ham & Potato Soup Created by Brenda.
  3. Brenda.
    This is hot off the stove and delicious! I did have to sub turkey bacon and left out the marjoram since I was out. The bay leaves add a nice fresh flavor. I also added 2 lonely carrots that had overstayed their welcome in my fridge. Loved the texture and the smokey flavor from the bacon and ham. Thank You for sharing your recipe. * Made for PAC Spring 2010*
  4. ekkerchen
    This soup had the right texture, with whole peas and split. The potatoes added even more texture. It was just as good the second day as it was the first.
  5. Smokin Joe of Wixom
    Joe's Split Pea, Bacon, Ham & Potato Soup Created by Smokin Joe of Wixom



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