Old Fashioned Split Pea Soup Recipe

Old Fashioned Split Pea Soup Recipe

Canned soup will be a thing of the past with this old fashioned split pea soup that you can make from scratch. Not only is this pea soup recipe healthy and bursting with flavors, it is also easy to make. First off, the ham bone gives the soup a meaty taste. And the spices for pea soup such as garlic powder, thyme, pepper, and marjoram provide a well-balanced flavor profile of spicy, herby, and savory. This split pea soup with ham bone is a perfect comfort meal that you can pair with this asiago bread recipe.

Aside from the meat and spices, this soup is also filled with vegetables like celery and carrot which are rich in fiber and antioxidants. In addition, the split peas are a good source of plant-based protein. Hence, it is an absolutely healthy meal. If you omit the ham bone, then this would be a perfect soup option for the vegetarians out there. Try this easy split pea soup and serve it as an appetizer or comfort food during rainy seasons.

This hearty and flavor-packed old fashioned split pea soup recipe is filled with vegetables and ham bone, and is seasoned with various spices like thyme, garlic powder, marjoram, and pepper.

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr 20 mins


  • 1 lb dry green split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried marjoram, crushed
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • dash pepper
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste


  1. Pour water and split peas in a large saucepan or Dutch oven and let it boil for 2 minutes.

  2. Set aside and let the peas soak for 1 hour.

  3. Add the ham bone, onion, garlic powder, dried marjoram, dried thyme, and dash pepper.

  4. Bring the soup to a boil again. Cover, reduce heat, and let it simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

  5. Remove the ham meat from the bone. Chop and return to the saucepan.

  6. Add celery and carrot. Simmer for 45 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  7. Add salt to taste.

  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 6g
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  • Calcium: 59mg
  • Calories: 211kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 675mg
  • Protein: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 162mg
  • Vitamin A: 2833IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

Some prefer to soak their peas in water prior to cooking to soften them which makes cooking time shorter. But in this old fashioned pea and ham soup, soaking wouldn’t be necessary since split peas naturally cook quickly by themselves. Moreover, absorbing the water from the soup would help the peas become soft.

How do you thicken split pea soup?

The best thickening method to use for split pea soup is creating roux. To make a roux, mix two teaspoons of flour and two teaspoons of soft butter. Mix it with your soup until you reach a thick consistency. Another technique you can try is adding potatoes. Boil the potatoes until they’re tender. Then mash them until they’re smooth before putting them in your split pea soup.

What goes well with split pea soup?

There are several dishes you can pair with this homemade split pea soup. One of the best options is serving it with freshly baked bread. You can try this homemade croutons or cornbread recipe. Otherwise, you can top your soup with crumbled feta or parmesan crisps.

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This old fashioned split pea soup is the perfect comfort meal. It’s a full meal in itself because it has ham bone, vegetables, and the wonderful flavor from the herbs and spices. Try this easy and healthy recipe now!
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