Mom's Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe


Cooking Time10 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthy++Cuisine
DishMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Split green peas2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Meaty ham bone1 Pound
 Cold water8 Cup (128 tbs)
 Onions2 , chopped
 Carrots2 , chopped
 Celery stalks2 , chopped
 Chopped fresh italian parsley2 Tablespoon
 Dried thyme1 Pinch
 Coarsely chopped cooked ham1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Freshly ground pepper To Taste
 Salt To Taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2558 Calories from Fat 555

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 62 g95.4%

Saturated Fat 19.3 g96.5%

Trans Fat 0.4 g

Cholesterol 281.3 mg

Sodium 4234.8 mg176.5%

Total Carbohydrates 284 g94.6%

Dietary Fiber 112 g448%

Sugars 52.8 g

Protein 231 g461.4%

Vitamin A 480.9% Vitamin C 129.2%

Calcium 49.5% Iron 145%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. If cooked ham is used, remove the fat and a major portion meat, chop the meat and keep aside the ham to be used later.
2. Take a cheesecloth, add 1 bay leaf, 2 parsley stalks, 1 garlic clove and 6 peppercorns and using a string tie the cheesecloth.
3. Rinse split peas, immerse in cold water and allow to soak for 6 hours to overnight. Drain, rinse and keep aside.

4. Take a deep, large soup pot or saucepan, add ham bone and peas. Pour in 6 to 8 cups of cold water, sufficient to cover the entire ham bone. Mix in chopped onions, celery, carrots, thyme and parsley. If bouquet garni is used, add to the mixture. Tie the garni to pot handle so that it can be removed easily.
5. Cover and allow the soup to come to boil. Remove the foam. Lower the heat to minimum, cover partially and simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring intermittently, till peas become puree consistency and ham falls of bone. Take out ham bone and bouquet garni and allow to chill overnight.
6. Take out, remove any frozen fat from the top, place on heat and simmer for about 1 to 2 hours. Mix in chopped ham and heat well. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Serve as meai-in-a-bowl along with bread slices or hot biscuits.