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Two bowls of split pea soup with two spoons on the side.

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup is super easy to make and is a hearty soup that is one of those great comfort foods.

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Split pea soup, Split peas ham bone soup, Ham bone split pea soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Dawn


  • 1 large meaty ham bone
  • 1 pound dried green split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots sliced
  • 1 large potato cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse the split peas and remove any debris
  • In a large soup pot or Dutch oven add the split peas, ham bone, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
  • Remove ham bone and set aside to cool. Stir in the vegetables and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and reduce heat cook for 30 minutes or 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender and the soup is the desired consistency.
  • Remove the meat from the bone, cut the meat into bite-size pieces and return to the soup. Heat until the meat is hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


  1. Rinse the split peas before adding them to the soup.
  2. No need to sautee the vegetables before adding them to the soup.
  3. Season the soup add seasoning at the end of the cooking time to avoid over seasoning.
  4. The soup will thicken as it cooks.
  5. Freeze the soup if it is not eaten in 4 days, in a freezer container.
Nutrition information is an estimate and may vary with brands of ingredients used.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.8g | Protein: 30.3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 16.3g | Sugar: 9.5g | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg