Rick's Yummy Split Pea Soup with Ham


I created this recipe when I did not have a ham bone laying around and was really needing some good split pea soup. Serve a hot bowl of this soup with a nice crusty bread of your choice. I did not add any salt to this recipe due to the ham, but you can add salt as needed.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (14 ounce) bag green split peas, rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped carrots

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste

  • 7 cups chicken broth, or more as needed, divided

  • 1 bay leaf, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme

  • 2 pounds smoked pork neck bones (such as Smithfield®)

  • 10 ounces cubed smoked ham (such as Carolina Pride®)


  1. Place the split peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand for at least 3 hours. Rinse peas until the water runs clear; drain.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, carrots, and celery in hot oil until soft, 8 to 12 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Combine peas, onion mixture, 6 cups chicken broth, bay leaf, black pepper, and thyme together in a large pot. Stir neck bones into chicken broth mixture, adding more chicken broth as necessary to cover bones completely. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and simmer until peas have dissolved and meat is falling from the bones, 2 to 3 hours. Transfer bones to a plate to cool.

  4. Stir cubed ham into soup. When neck bones are cool enough to handle, remove remaining meat from the bones; discard bones and stir meat into soup. Continue to simmer until ham and meat are heated through, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If mixture is too thick add some more chicken stock. If it's too thin, simmer with cover off until desired consistency is reached.

Also, if you want the mixture to be smooth: when you remove the neck bones, it is the time to get out the boat motor (or blender) and puree the soup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

562 Calories
22g Fat
37g Carbs
53g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 2089mg 91%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 763mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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