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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.


10 servings (2-3/4 quarts)

Not a winter goes by that I don't fix at least one batch of this traditional pea soup. It's a hot and hearty meal that really warms up my family.


  • 1 pound dried green split peas (2 cups)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced peeled potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring the peas, water and oil to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the next eight ingredients; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 205 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein.

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