Simple and Good Ham and Split Pea Soup

"This is simplicity at its best. Served with cornbread and brownies, you get pure comfort food. I add extra basil and if you don't like split pea soup, substitute dried navy beans for split peas. Soak the navy beans overnight and increase first cook time to 2 hours and then stir in celery and carrots and continue to cook as directed. Also I add extra vegetables. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • In large saucepan, combine first 7 ingredients. Simmer covered, 1 hour, Stir in celery and carrots and continue simmering for 1/2 to 1 hour or until peas are tender and soup thickens.
  • Remove peppercorns and ham shank, cut meat from bone and return to soup. Heat through.

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  1. MissesSmith
    This is a fantastic recipe! I made this with the left overs of a Cook's Ham and It was simply delicious. thank you for posting!
  2. o.c.gramma
    The name says it all: Simple and Good Ham & Split Pea Soup. Didn't use the carrot or the peppercorns because they were unavailable. But the soup was still very, very good. This one is a keeper.
  3. lauralie41
    Jan this is wonderful split pea soup! I couldnt find ham shanks at the store so I bought ham hocks, they worked great. When the soup was done cooking I pureed it in the blender so DH would not see the veges. I did use matchstick carrots, 3 stalks of celery and did not add the salt. Thank you sweetie, I have enjoyed this so much and will have to double the recipe next time!
  4. CanadianFarmgal
    Excellent! I boiled the ham first, cooled it, and skimmed the fat off before following the rest of the recipe (cut calories by a lot). I also added a little handful of cornmeal to thicken it at the end, as well as some liquid smoke (mesquite). It was wonderful!
  5. Claudia Dawn
    Very easy and very good! I cut back on the water (I like my soup thick) and added a bayleaf for extra flavor. Really hit the spot on a dreary, cold, drab day in the Midwest! Thanks Faith!


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