Split Pea soup

Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

This is a family classic.

I remember, as a kid, that a couple of days after we had ham for dinner we would always have pea soup. I loved it, especially with lots of crackers! It is a great soup, especially on a cold day.

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Split pea soup with ham bone recipe made on the stove in a stock pot. Carrots, onions also a part of this easy to make soup that is comfort food for the fall.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 1/2 cups ham , cubed
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 5 carrots , sliced
  • 2 tsp salt


  • In a 10 qt pot bring water, with the ham bone in pot, to a boil. Have the water at a low rolling boil for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove ham bone and skim the broth. Remove broth so that about 10 cups remain in the pot. Keep the extra broth in case you need to add more later.
  • With the 10 cups of broth at a low boil, add remaining ingredients. Lower heat and stir often.
  • The peas will expand and soak up the water. Eventually the peas will turn into a thin paste. If you need to add water, add at about a cup at a time.
  • After about an hour of cooking the peas should be dissolved and you will have a nice consistency in the soup.
  • Serve with crackers or croutons.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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