Hearty Split Pea & Potato Soup

"Comfort food at its best. Perfect for a snowy day. Freezes well so double the recipe and have on hand. I freeze it in gallon size ziplock freezer bags so it doesnt take up too much room. Lay flat in the freezer."
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Ready In:
5hrs 20mins




  • Rinse and soak green peas in cold water to cover for approx 2 hrs.
  • Drain peas.
  • Place peas, 8 cups water, and broth in large soup pot.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients except salt and pepper.
  • Bring to boil over high heat, reduce to low heat, cover and simmer 2 1/2 hrs.
  • Remove and set aside ham bone.
  • Remove and discard bay leaf.
  • Strain peas and vegetables from soup and place in food processor or blender and puree.
  • Return puree mixture to soup.
  • Cut ham pieces from ham bone and return to soup.
  • (optional) Add thinly sliced hot dogs or smoked sausage pieces to soup.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  1. I liked the sound of this recipe so I went out, bought the ingredients and whipped it together. The funny thing was, on the package of Jack Rabbit brand split peas, was this IDENTICAL recipe! I guess if the pea company publishes it, it must be good! I liked it a lot, but added 1 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke to it, which greatly improved the depth of taste. *Wanted to Add that you do NOT need to soak split peas. All the packages say that so I've just dumped them in along with the ingredients when I make this soup.
  2. This was a nice recipe - and also very easy. However, like the other reviewers, I didn't want to puree the vegetables - I like my pea soup to be a bit more hearty, more like a stew. Also, I used vegetable stock, not water and beef or chicken broth - I think it gives the soup a fresher taste. I didn't add the hot dogs or sausage, but maybe I'll try it next time.
  3. I think I buy a ham just to make pea soup and this soup was wonderful. I used less water and added 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of beef broth. There was no need to puree it....it turned out perfect after cooking for about 3 hours. Thanks for a great recipe!!!
  4. This recipe was very good! After soaking the peas and cooking them for 2 1/2 hours as directed I didn't need to put the soup in a food processor. The soup was very smooth already. And I happen to make it on a freezing cold and drizzly day so it was even better, thanks for posting. Very good directions by the way :)


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