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Split Pea Soup

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. + simmering


6-8 servings (2 quarts)

This hearty classic is a great dish for all cooks, whether a beginner or more experienced. Not only is it nourishing and inexpensive, it's simple to make.—John Croce Jr., Yarmouth, Massachusetts


  • 1 pound dried green split peas
  • 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; leaving cover ajar, simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Discard bay leaf. Remove the ham hocks; when cool enough to handle, cut meat into bite-sized pieces. Return meat to the soup and heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 491 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 669mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 15g fiber), 38g protein.

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