Ham and Pea Soup

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I discovered Ham and Pea Soup at a renaissance fair and proceeded home. This recipe is the closest that I came to. Even my brother, who hates onions and celery, loved this. Because it makes so much, we tend to cook it only on the holidays. It takes a while to cook, but it is delicious and simple.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
10 servings


  • 2 slices bacon

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped, or more to taste

  • 1 gallon water

  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

  • ground white pepper to taste

  • 1 pound ham, cubed

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen peas


  1. Place bacon in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; crumble into pieces when cool.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add bacon grease to the pot. Add celery and onion; cook and stir until starting to brown. Slowly pour in water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.

  3. Return bacon pieces to the pot. Sprinkle in thyme, sage, onion powder, parsley, and white pepper; stir to combine. Add cubed ham; simmer soup for flavors to combine, about 30 minutes.

  4. Stir peas into the soup; cook until very tender and they start to disintegrate into the soup, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
9g Fat
8g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 700mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 286mg 6%

* 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.