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Hearty Split Pea Soup

For a different spin on traditional pea soup, try this split pea soup recipe with corned beef. The flavor is peppery rather than smoky, and a tasty change of pace. —Barbara Link, Alta Loma, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed cooked corned beef or ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas and vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 199 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • annrms
    Oct 2, 2020

    I was attracted to this recipe because of the amount of black pepper. We enjoy using it. Instead of potatoes, I used rutabaga. Definitely a keeper.

  • dlbtgb
    Sep 2, 2020

    Many years ago I made this and my husband immediately turned up his nose. Our children reminded him that we all were required to take at least 2 bites. He has asked for this ever since! I often make this with ham or corned beef. It's delicious!

  • Betty
    Apr 19, 2020

    Smell good cooking. One review said to boil for one hour. Per the instructions: In a Dutch oven, combine all in bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer ingredients for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas and vegetables are tender. At serving time,

  • Dawn
    Apr 1, 2020

    3/19/2020 I'd made this split pea soup and I found it to be a keeper! I omitted the potatoes and used 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled, 8 bouillon cubes (chicken) with 10 cups water to equal the broth! I'd used the carrots, celery, onions and 1 tsp. of pepper. This is a delicious soup!

  • MatthewJohn
    Dec 29, 2019

    I had never added potatoes to Split Pea Soup until a friend suggested it. I mash them when the soup is finished cooking and find it gives the soup a richer, creamier flavor.

  • Johnnyaa
    May 11, 2019

    A favorite of mine, but skip the potatoes/

  • Shu
    Feb 15, 2019

    After so many great reviews I’m making this now!! Thanks everyone! I’ll let u know. ??

  • Jennifer
    Jan 26, 2019

    Loved the vegetables and spices in this recipe, easy to make and easy on the budget. Best Pea soup I ever made!

  • Appy_Girl
    Dec 13, 2018

    Thick, chunky and oh so good. It’s a very hearty soup indeed. I omitted the potatoes. I also sautéed the vegetables before adding the water. Poultry seasoning, marjoram and basil were new additions in this type of soup for me. They really lit up the lights in the soup. I’m so happy that I have more to enjoy. ToH - V F E

  • charlotte91
    Nov 10, 2018

    I love this soup!. The second time I made it the peas were hard. the peas were old. No problem since.