This Incredible Split Pea Soup has been my favorite, and only, split pea soup recipe for over 20 years now. It’s rich, creamy texture is perfectly seasoned with the right combination of vegetables and pieces of tasty ham, making it really delicious! I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, Judy and it was called Incredible Split Pea Soup and I have to agree, this soup is, well, incredible!
Place the ham bone in a large pot and add enough water to almost cover it. Bring to a slow boil over high heat. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and cook for 45 minutes. Then remove the ham bone and set aside to cool.
- 1 Ham Bone
- 3 - 4 quarts water (12 - 16 cups)
- 1 pound package green split peas
- 5 teaspoons beef or chicken bouillon paste or 5 bouillon cubes
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, sliced or shredded
- 1 teaspoon each garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 5 bay leaves
- 1 cup chopped ham (from the ham bone)
- 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the ham bone in a large pot and add enough water to almost cover it. Bring to a slow boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover the pot and cook for 45 minutes. Remove the ham bone and set aside to cool.
- Add the dried split peas, bouillon paste or cubes, chopped vegetables, seasonings and bay leaves, give it a stir. Cover again and continue to cook at a slow boil for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Cut up the ham and add it to the pot, along with the liquid smoke (optional). Continue to cook uncovered this time at a slow boil for 30 - 45 minutes, or until desired thickness.
- Add salt and additional pepper to taste.
For thicker pea soup; use 3 quarts (12 cups) water when boiling the ham bone.
A slow boil means just past simmering.
This soup gets a little thicker as it sits or if eaten the next day. If it becomes too thick, just add a little water when reheating and serve.
You can substitute the teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried oregano and thyme for 1 tablespoon of Italian seasonings.
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