Split Pea and Ham Soup

Cheap, easy and super-delicious! A real child-pleaser in our house.


  • 1 ham bone or gammon hock
  • water
  • 2 cups of yellow split peas, soaked overnight
  • Ad
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 2 potatoes, washed and chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • milk or cream, to serve


If you are using a gammon hock, place it into a large saucepan with about three pints of water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, until cooked. Remove the hock and strip the meat, cutting into small cubes. Set aside. If you think there is too much meat for your soup, save some for another day. Fantastic sandwiches!

If using a ham bone, put it into a large saucepan with about three pints of water. Proceed to next step.

Put all the other ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until the peas are soft. Remove the ham bone, if using. Liquidize with a hand-held blender, or masher. This can also be done in a food processor in batches. Add the cubed meat from the gammon hock, if using.


Just before serving, warm the amount you would like to use again in the pan and add milk or cream to taste. I used about 1/2 cup of milk for two portions.

This soup freezes fantastically, before the addition of milk or cream. My daughter had it for supper yesterday, then again in a thermos to take to school today.

Servings: 6
Time:1 Day Preparation Time
2 1/2 Hours Cooking Time

By LisaTK from UK


September 29, 20100 found this helpful

What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! This is one of my favoritest and I have not even had it for a very long time.

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