Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016
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split pea soup

Since we ALWAYS had ham for Christmas, we ALWAYS had split pea soup the week after Christmas to use up some of the extra ham.

While it wasn’t necessarily my favorite soup growing up, I have come to like it more and more… especially once I realized how super simple it was to make!

Served with a slice of crusty bread and a few crackers, it’s a simple, delicious, hearty winter meal.

Recipe for Split Pea Soup With Ham

serves 6

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag (16 oz.) split green peas (about 2.5 cups dry)
  • 8 c. cold water
  • 1 ham bone (*optional — see notes below)
  • 2 medium potatoes; peeled and diced
  • 2 small onions; minced
  • 4 carrots; peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks of celery; diced
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • extra ham if desired

*Note: these are the ingredients I use — however, you can certainly add more or less of the ingredients I’ve listed… or a whole slew of other soup-appropriate ingredients as you wish! 

Also, if you don’t have a ham bone, you can just add in chunked ham (or no ham if you want it to be vegetarian). The only reason I boil the ham bone is so the meat will loosen from the bone. 

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DIRECTIONS:

In a large stockpot, cover dried peas with 8 c. cold water and let sit for several hours or overnight.

In the morning, drain and rinse peas, then cover with another 8 c. of cold water.

Add ham bone and all other ingredients. Bring to boil and simmer for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Remove ham bone, cut off ham, add ham back to soup (and any additional ham you’d like to add).

Stir, serve, and enjoy!

I have been told that it is NOT necessary to let the peas sit in cold water for several hours — but that’s just how I’ve always done it, and it’s not an issue for me. I can simply soak the peas during the day, then add the rest of the ingredients during naptime, and the soup is ready in plenty of time for dinner!

This soup is honestly SOOOOO simple to make — if you can chop vegetables and let them simmer, you can make this soup!

What is your favorite way to use up extra ham?

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11 comments

  1. Melinda

    01/29/2016

    Hi Andrea,

    I have been following your blog for a while now.
    Thank you for this recipe – it was my inspiration for today’s dinner, made with lentils, instead of peas. It was delicious.

    Keep up the good work
    Greetings from Hungary

    Melinda

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Melinda! so glad to be your “inspiration” today! Hope your soup was delicious!

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  2. Linda Bolt

    01/28/2016

    Made this today; perfect for a cold day. I had all the ingredients in the house, and used up the last of the Christmas ham from the freezer. Dinner smells good!

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    Andrea Reply:

    hope you love it… and glad that it at least smells good 🙂

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  3. Kaitlin @ The Mom on Purpose

    01/27/2016

    I’ve honestly never tried split pea soup, but this recipe sounds so good! It’s going on my meal plan for next week!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Try it! I think (hope) you’ll love it!

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  4. Melissa

    01/27/2016

    Yum! Split pea is one of my favorites but other people always give me weird looks. I should make sure to buy the ingredients before our next snow day.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know, it sounds weird (and doesn’t really look super appetizing) but it sure tastes and smells delicious!

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  5. Ann

    01/27/2016

    My crock pot may be a little slow but I find that if I do it in the crock pot it takes a good 8+ hours.
    Also some key ingredients for me to make the flavor stand out are cracked black pepper, marjoram, bay leaves while cooking, and this time I tried a bit of garlic salt, and celery seed.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I’ve seen lots of recipes that call for Marjoram and Celery Seed. I’m sure I’ve tried it that way before and I’m sure it was also delicious 🙂

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  6. MrsD

    01/27/2016

    Yum!! This sounds so good….especially on these snowy days 🙂

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