Split pea soup with ham

    3 hours 5 min

    A hearty split pea soup made with a nice big ham bone which adds lots of flavour. It's so good to warm up with a bowl of this over the Christmas holidays or on a cold, blustery day.

    30 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 450g dried green split peas
    • 2 litres water
    • 1 meaty ham bone
    • 150g chopped onion
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
    • 120g chopped celery
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:2hr50min  ›  Ready in:3hr5min 

    1. Place the split peas and water into a large soup pot over medium heat; bring to the boil for 2 minutes; set aside off the heat to cool for 1 hour.
    2. Place the ham bone into the pot with the peas, and stir in onion, marjoram, thyme, garlic granules and salt; bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover the pot and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the ham bone and cut as much ham as possible from the bone; chop the ham and return it to the soup. Discard ham bone. Stir in celery. Bring soup back to a simmer and cook for 45 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt.

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    OMG! I was in a pinch because i usually buy dry peas that have a good recipe on the bag. Well funny thing...not this time, so i looked at all the recipes for pea soup with ham bones....and WAHOOO that Dave posted this....because this is sooo close to how i have made this off the packages over the years, i have to say this is the BEST recipe, because i love the thyme and marjoram and garlic... i like to add carrots and sometimes diced potatoes...just to vary it up...i also use ham boullion instead of salt (to taste) cuz that is awesome..... THIS RECIPE IS AWESOME .....WITH OR WHITHOUT THE MEAT... do try...(i like to cook mine longer, cuz i like a thicker soup...) but this could be vegetariain easy! Dave...excellent recipe!!!!  -  01 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This soup was a delicious alternative to my mom's more basic split pea soup. The herbs and garlic gave it great flavor. I didn't have marjoram, so I substituted oregano. I was also out of celery, so I added chopped carrots and a chopped baking potato instead. I'm sure it changed the flavor, but it was still quite good (and I'll try the celery another time). I also added some extra water, but I still ended up with a hearty, satisfying soup.  -  23 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was fabulous....we just made it today...did not have marjoram or thyme so we just substituted italian seasoning. We also used chicken broth instead of water, no celery, used carrots instead....this will be a regular in our house...thank you....  -  26 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)