A wonderful, creamy pea soup, a must try for pea soup lovers!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 50 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 - 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place split peas, water, ham bone, shallots, carrots, celery leaves, bay leaf, salt, garlic and pepper into a large pot. Heat to almost boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until the peas are tender. Remove the ham bone and the bay leaf. Dice the meat from the ham bone and set aside.

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  • Cut the cream cheese into cubes. Process cream cheese with the soup in small batches in a blender or food processor.

  • Add ham, and reheat. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Nutrition Facts

510 calories; protein 28.1g 56% DV; carbohydrates 64.9g 21% DV; fat 16.8g 26% DV; cholesterol 49.3mg 16% DV; sodium 623.4mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2006
You know, I've been visiting allrecipes.com since I was a wee lad of 17 years old. Currently, I'm a wee lad of 22 years old, heh. However, never ONCE have I felt the urge to rate/review a recipe (even become a member) until I tasted this. I'm from the good 'ol South, so I've made PLENTY of split pea soup. It replaced Ramen noodles during my college years. I've recreated almost every split pea recipe on this site; I even created a few variations of my own. THIS recipe, though, beats the split peas outta EVERY recipe I've made. I followed the recipe verbatim, except for a few small changes. I used one stalk of celery instead of leaves and real garlic instead of granulated. I also whisked in the cream cheese instead of blending it (no ugly color, just magically delicious green-ness). All the reviewers who have stated this recipe isn't for them, well, they just didn't make it correctly. MAKE IT. EAT IT. You won't regret it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2003
This recipe was just O.K.. The flavor was traditional pea soup. The problem was after pureeing it was so visually unappealing. It might be pretty good with just stirring in the cream cheese without blending the soup. I think there are better pea soup recipes out there. I'll keep searching. Read More
(10)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2006
You know, I've been visiting allrecipes.com since I was a wee lad of 17 years old. Currently, I'm a wee lad of 22 years old, heh. However, never ONCE have I felt the urge to rate/review a recipe (even become a member) until I tasted this. I'm from the good 'ol South, so I've made PLENTY of split pea soup. It replaced Ramen noodles during my college years. I've recreated almost every split pea recipe on this site; I even created a few variations of my own. THIS recipe, though, beats the split peas outta EVERY recipe I've made. I followed the recipe verbatim, except for a few small changes. I used one stalk of celery instead of leaves and real garlic instead of granulated. I also whisked in the cream cheese instead of blending it (no ugly color, just magically delicious green-ness). All the reviewers who have stated this recipe isn't for them, well, they just didn't make it correctly. MAKE IT. EAT IT. You won't regret it. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
I've used this recipe several times and am never dissapointed. I have been asked to share the recipe many times. Thanks for posting it! FYI to all - the recipe calls for 2.5 cups of peas - that's a 16oz. bag. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2005
Very Good! I liked this recipe because of the cream cheese--I was looking for something creamy. I omitted the ham just because we didn't have any. I used 5 c. chicken stock & 3 c. water to add more flavor (instead of all water). And I sauteed the garlic and onion (white onion) in olive oil while I chopped up the carrot. I like the flavor of sauteed onions and it also is easier to digest. In the end it was delicious and very cheap.;-) I will make this again especially during the winter. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2003
This recipe was just O.K.. The flavor was traditional pea soup. The problem was after pureeing it was so visually unappealing. It might be pretty good with just stirring in the cream cheese without blending the soup. I think there are better pea soup recipes out there. I'll keep searching. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
My husband said that this was the best pea soup he's ever had and I think I have to agree. What I did was after I heated the first set of ingredients to boiling tossed it in my slow cooker and let it simmer to perfection when it came time to eat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
My husband kept asking me to make split pea soup and I never have because I have never made a soup from scratch. This soup was easy and terrific. My husband loved it and said that this recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2005
hi- we tried this recipe it was pretty good. I used a smaller bit of cream cheese - roughly one third of the eight ounces cause I'm skimpy when it comes to things like cream cheese. Actually i'd rather use the cheese on crackers with salt. So to compensate if you want creamy add two TBS of cornstarch mixed in 1/4 cup of water. Add hot soup to the bowl of cornstarch water and stir well. Then add to the hot soup. This makes the texture of the soup much smoother and refined. It doesn't end up looking like cement sludge if you catch my drift. It actually has a sheen like restaurant soup. And old family tradition- we add a tbs of ketchup to serve but not mix in. All in all a decent soup! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2004
Pretty darn good! I substituted some water with chicken broth and only used half the cream cheese. Also didn't put it in the blender I like it a little chunky. Very good for someone who always ruins pea soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
This soup is wonderful. I blend about 3/4 of the pot and leave the rest. I'm the only one in my family that eats this soup so I usually give some to friends. They're always asking when I'm going to cook another ham so I can make more soup for them. Read More
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