Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup


This split pea soup with ham bone is a great way to use every scrap from your Christmas ham!

close up view of Ham Bone and Green Split Pea Soup in a pot
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins


  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 stalks celery, diced

  • ½ large carrot, shredded

  • white onion, diced

  • salt to taste

  • 3 cups split peas, rinsed

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ham bone

  • 5 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 1 cup diced ham

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter and oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add celery, carrot, onion, and salt; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in peas and garlic. Nestle ham bone into the pot; add stock and diced ham. Add enough water so that liquid is about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the pot; bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, stirring every 30 minutes and scraping the bottom of the pot, until peas are mostly disintegrated, about 2 1/2 hours. Turn ham bone and skim the surface for fat once every hour.

  3. Remove ham bone from the pot and place on a cutting board until cool enough to handle. Remove any meat from the bones and cut into bite-sized pieces; stir into soup until warmed through and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
4g Fat
48g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 670mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 19g 69%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 854mg 18%

* 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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