Split Pea and Ham Soup

One of my kids, Camden, fancies himself a vegetarian mostly.  However, he actually loves spiraled ham.  We were at Costco near Easter time and they had ham on sale and he begged me to buy one.  Since he rarely gets excited about any form of meat, I obliged.   However, after our little family had eaten it and given tons if it away to my in laws I still had a wonderful ham bone and a bunch of ham left to use.  The package insert had a recipe for Split pea soup.  I have never made split pea soup but deemed this a worthy time to try.  Everyone seemed to like it, so if ever you find yourself with a ham bone this recipe might do.



  • 1 (16 oz) package dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 C onions, chopped
  • 2 C carrots, chopped
  • 2 C celery, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Spiral sliced Ham bone with left over meat
  • 4 C cubed ham (or remaining left overs)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Place split peas and 2 quarts water in a large saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.  Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan.  Saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil over medium-low heat until tender- about 10 minutes.
  3. Return the split peas to the saucepan.
  4. Add ham bone, cube ham, 2 quart water, salt and pepper.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.  Remove cover and continue simmering until desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove ham bone; cut off any remaining meat.  Dice meat and return to soup before serving.


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