Homemade Split Pea and Ham Soup

    2 hours 5 minutes

    When I want a simple but warming soup I go for this simple pea and ham soup recipe that only has three main ingredients peas, ham and onion.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 500g dried green split peas
    • 1 ham hock or bone
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

    1. In a medium saucepan, fry onions in oil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add split peas and ham hock or bone. Add enough water to cover ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Cover, and cook until there are no peas left, just a green liquid, about 2 hours. While it is cooking, check to see if water has evaporated. You may need to add more water as the soup continues to cook.


    If you don't want to add a ham hock or bone, you can always use diced ham.

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    this makes the best soup. My mum taught me to make it this way and it always gets rave reviews, the only thing I do differently is soak the peas overnight changing the water a few times, it helps the pease soften down quicker. I keep my ham bone from xmas in the freezer so it's a cheap alternative, I also add a bacon bone for a bit of smokines.  -  20 Jun 2012


    I used diced ham and did the whole thing in the pressure cooker to save time. I've got cup sized portions of soup in the freezer for moments when I need to warm up a healthy snack.  -  03 May 2012


    Very easy and tasty. I added diced potato and carrot, and of course garlic always goes with onion Hubby loved it, very tasty. Reminded me of Mum's soups from my childhood.  -  17 Jan 2012