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Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup

Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup


Are you looking for a comforting and hearty soup to warm you up on a chilly day? Look no further than Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup. This classic recipe is not only delicious but also a great way to use up leftover ham. The combination of tender ham, earthy split peas, and flavorful seasonings creates a dish that is both satisfying and nourishing.

The Magic of Ham Bones

Now, you might be wondering, what’s the deal with using a ham bone in soup? Well, let me tell you, it’s where the magic happens. When you simmer a ham bone in a pot of soup, it imparts a rich and smoky flavor that elevates the entire dish. It’s like adding a secret ingredient that takes your soup to the next level.

Cooking Tips: Using a Ham Bone

When using a ham bone in your soup, make sure to remove any excess meat and fat. The bone itself is what brings the flavor, so you want to minimize any extra bits that may overpower the soup. Additionally, be sure to simmer the bone for a few hours to extract all the deliciousness it has to offer.

The Beauty of Green Split Peas

Now that we’ve covered the ham bone, let’s talk about the star of the show – green split peas. These little legumes are not only packed with protein and fiber but also add a lovely texture to the soup. As they cook, they become soft and creamy, creating a velvety base that coats your taste buds with every spoonful.

Cooking Tips: Green Split Peas

Before using green split peas in your soup, give them a quick rinse to remove any debris. Then, you can either soak them overnight or use the quick soak method by bringing them to a boil and letting them sit for an hour. This helps to soften the peas and reduce cooking time. However, if you’re short on time, you can skip the soaking step and cook the peas a bit longer.

A Symphony of Flavors

Once you have your ham bone and green split peas ready, it’s time to add a symphony of flavors to your soup. Think aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery, along with fragrant herbs and spices like thyme, bay leaves, and black pepper. These ingredients work together harmoniously to create a soup that is both balanced and full of depth.

Cooking Tips: Seasoning Your Soup

When it comes to seasoning your soup, start with a little salt and adjust to taste. Remember, the ham bone does contain some salt, so you may not need to add too much. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences.

The Simmering Process

Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, it’s time to bring everything together and let the flavors meld. Simply combine the ham bone, split peas, vegetables, herbs, and spices in a large pot and cover with water or broth. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer gently for a couple of hours. The result? A soup that fills your home with an irresistible aroma and warms your soul.


Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for those cold winter nights. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham and create a meal that the whole family will love. So next time you find yourself with a ham bone and some green split peas, don’t hesitate to whip up a batch of this delicious soup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a different type of bone instead of a ham bone?

A: While a ham bone is traditionally used for this soup, you can experiment with other bones like smoked turkey or chicken to add a different flavor profile.

Q: Can I make this soup vegetarian or vegan?

A: Absolutely! Simply omit the ham bone and use vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef broth. You can also add extra vegetables and seasonings to enhance the flavor.

Q: Can I freeze the soup for later?

A: Yes, this soup freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or bags. It can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

Q: How long does it take to cook the split peas?

A: The cooking time for split peas can vary depending on their age and size. On average, it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour for the split peas to become tender.

Q: Can I add other vegetables to the soup?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to add diced potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even some leafy greens like spinach or kale. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Q: Can I use canned split peas instead of dried?

A: While it’s possible to use canned split peas, the texture and flavor may be slightly different. Dried split peas are recommended for the best results.

Q: Can I use an Instant Pot or slow cooker for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can adapt this recipe for an Instant Pot or slow cooker. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking times and settings.

Q: What are some optional toppings for the soup?

A: You can garnish your soup with croutons, chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, or a sprinkle of grated cheese.

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Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 stalks of celery , finely chopped
  • ½ large carrot , grated
  • white onion , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 3 cups split peas , washed
  • 3 cloves garlic , thinly sliced
  • 1 ham bone
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water , or as desired
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • Ground black pepper , to taste


  • In a stockpot or Dutch oven, melt butter and oil on medium-low heat.
  • Add celery, carrot, onion, and salt to the pot. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until tender.
  • Stir in peas and garlic.
  • Nestle the ham bone into the pot and add diced ham and stock.
  • Add enough water so that the liquid is about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot.
  • Simmer the mixture, stirring every 30 minutes and scraping the bottom of the pot, for about 2 1/2 hours or until the peas are mostly disintegrated.
  • Turn the ham bone and skim the surface for fat once every hour.
  • Remove the ham bone from the pot and place it on a cutting board until it cools down enough to handle.
  • Remove any meat from the bones and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Stir the meat into the soup until warmed through.
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper.
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