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Ham Bone Split Pea Soup Recipe

Ham bone split pea soup recipe is full of split peas and an assortment of delicious carrots, peas and celery. They are the perfect combo in this hearty, comforting and traditional soup. A truly savory soup will satisfy and fill you up. This is a great dinner option for leftover ham or a ham bone to give it a full flavorful broth, or both!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 small leeks sliced, white and light green parts only
  • 3 stalks celery sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 ham bone optional
  • 16 oz dried split peas rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • Croutons for topping, optional


  • In a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, leeks, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until veggies are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the ham bone (if using), split peas, bay leaves, chicken broth (or stock), water and ham. Set to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour (stirring occasionally), or until peas are soft and broken.
  • Remove the ham bone and pick ham remnants from it and add to pan. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Serve immediately and top with croutons, if desired.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1244mg | Potassium: 876mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4475IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg
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