5 from 8 votes

Old-fashioned Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

Old-fashioned Ham Bone Split Pea Soup is always dependably hearty, comforting, and easy on the budget. Oh, and it's delicious, too!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: split pea soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman



  • 1 pound green split peas about 2 1/4 cups
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion about one large onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons honey (or agave; or brown sugar)
  • 1 cup diced celery 2-3 stalks
  • 1 cup diced carrots 2 large or 3 medium carrots
  • 1 dash hot sauce optional
  • 2 quarts water


  • Rinse peas, and combine with remaining ingredients in slow cooker.
  • Give everything a quick stir, and then set slow cooker to HIGH and cook 4-6 hours. (I usually stir it about halfway through.)
  • After cooking for 4-6 hours, the meat on the ham-bone should be falling apart. Reduce the slow cooker to LOW.  Using tongs or an extra-large serving spoon, carefully remove ham bone to a plate to cool.
  • When the ham bone is cool enough to handle, remove any ham and return the meat to the soup. Discard the ham bone.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste and serve.


As with many (if not most) soups, this split pea soup is always better the next day, when the flavors have had a chance to meld.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.6g | Protein: 14.9g | Fat: 2.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 12.6g | Sugar: 8.5g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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