A delicious and hearty good-for-winter soup. This is the kind of soup where just about anything works.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the peas and water into a large soup pot over medium heat; bring to a boil, boil for 2 minutes, and set aside off the heat to cool for 1 hour.

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  • Place the ham bone into the pot with the peas, and stir in onion, marjoram, thyme, garlic powder, and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the ham bone, and cut as much ham as possible from the bone; chop the ham, and return to the soup. Stir in celery. Discard ham bone. Bring soup back to a simmer, and cook for 45 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt.

Tips

Cook's Note

Substitutions: You can use chicken broth instead of water; instead of ham, use bacon, pork; add garlic; saute the onions first; add cubed potatoes, carrots, or other vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

204.9 calories; protein 14.3g 29% DV; carbohydrates 36.8g 12% DV; fat 0.7g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 173.9mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2011
OMG! I was in a pinch because i usually buy dry peas that have a good recipe on the bag. Well funny thing...not this time so i looked at all the recipes for pea soup with ham bones....and WAHOOO that Dave posted this....because this is sooo close to how i have made this off the packages over the years i have to say this is the BEST recipe because i love the thyme and marjoram and garlic... i like to add carrots and sometimes diced potatoes...just to vary it up...i also use ham boullion instead of salt (to taste) cuz that is awesome..... THIS RECIPE IS AWESOME.....WITH OR WHITHOUT THE MEAT... do try...(i like to cook mine longer cuz i like a thicker soup...) but this could be vegetariain easy! Dave...excellent recipe!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2011
I don't know what it was exactly, but we really didn't like this and we love pea soup. I actually threw it out. I can only guess it was the combination of spices. I did use a pork hock rather than a ham bone, so maybe that had an off taste. Don't know, but it wasn't good. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2011
OMG! I was in a pinch because i usually buy dry peas that have a good recipe on the bag. Well funny thing...not this time so i looked at all the recipes for pea soup with ham bones....and WAHOOO that Dave posted this....because this is sooo close to how i have made this off the packages over the years i have to say this is the BEST recipe because i love the thyme and marjoram and garlic... i like to add carrots and sometimes diced potatoes...just to vary it up...i also use ham boullion instead of salt (to taste) cuz that is awesome..... THIS RECIPE IS AWESOME.....WITH OR WHITHOUT THE MEAT... do try...(i like to cook mine longer cuz i like a thicker soup...) but this could be vegetariain easy! Dave...excellent recipe!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2011
This soup was a delicious alternative to my mom's more basic split pea soup. The herbs and garlic gave it great flavor. I didn't have marjoram so I substituted oregano. I was also out of celery so I added chopped carrots and a chopped baking potato instead. I'm sure it changed the flavor but it was still quite good (and I'll try the celery another time). I also added some extra water but I still ended up with a hearty satisfying soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2012
This was fabulous....we just made it today...did not have marjoram or thyme so we just substituted italian seasoning. We also used chicken broth instead of water no celery used carrots instead....this will be a regular in our house...thank you.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2012
I looked at every split pea soup recipe on this site. This one was not very highly rated but appeared to be just what I was looking for. Absolutely delicious. I made the recipe exactly as written except added some chopped carrots for color. My husband who said he doesn't really care for pea soup ate 3 bowls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2012
We really enjoyed this soup. Peas don't need to be soaked so I skipped that step. It needed a bit more pepper for us & I did add carrots - but that is just personal taste. I would prefer to cook the ham bone separately and then skim the fat off the broth. Thanks for a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2011
I don't know what it was exactly, but we really didn't like this and we love pea soup. I actually threw it out. I can only guess it was the combination of spices. I did use a pork hock rather than a ham bone, so maybe that had an off taste. Don't know, but it wasn't good. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2012
This was our second time making this. We just love it. I add a finely chopped carrot for a little color when I add the celery. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2012
I like this recipe. The soup is hearty but for me needs a bit more flavor. I did forgo the pea boiling/soaking but did make sure to put them in a colander rinsing well and picking through like you would any dried bean etc. Used a very meaty ham bone and went heavy with the S&P to taste. Decided to swap the celery for chopped carrots. Good Soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2012
I have never made split pea soup before...but love it! This was so.....good..I loved the spices and even added a little more garlic to it...used chicken broth instead of water and some carrots. Wonderful taste! Read More
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