Momma’s Split Pea and Ham Soup

Homey and Comforting Soup, my Momma’s recipe is perfect on these chilly weekend days!

Momma's Split Pea and Ham Soup | Fabtastic Eats

I’m taking my son to the movies for the first time tonight! I can’t even wait..I’m not sure which one of us is more excited! These little mommy-son dates are some of the best parts of being a mom..yesterday we got to go on TWO dates to Starbucks..big things I know, but when it’s time for just the two of us to hang out without my husband or other son, it means so much more, especially since I can devote my full attention to him. I genuinely look forward to these moments. He’s getting so big so fast, and he’s so smart and I’m going to cry the day that he thinks these mom-son dates are lame. Because they’re not, darnit!

Momma's Split Pea and Ham Soup | Fabtastic Eats

 So last year I posted a recipe that was my Mom’s. And I’m happy I did, because I go back to it often, and I love her cooking. Don’t we just adore our parents cooking the most? Anyways, there are lots of things over the years, that she’s made over and over, but she never writes a darn thing down, my dad and I always give her grief about it! And I don’t ever want to lose her recipes, even the most simple ones. So this year, I’m going to start featuring some of her recipes, so that I have them, always. This blog is for you, but it’s also for me to document family’s that I never want to lose!

Momma's Split Pea and Ham Soup | Fabtastic Eats

This soup, might be a simple one to you, but my Mom’s pea soup is the only one I’ll eat. So I’m saving it here, and I’m sharing it with you! I love the ginormous chunks of ham in it, and that she doesn’t completely puree it, I like me some texture! This particular soup isn’t the most beautiful soup, but don’t let that fool you, because it sure is mighty tasty! It’s also incredible easy..there is not that much work involved, which I kind of like too! Give it a try 🙂

Momma’s Split Pea and Ham Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: PT2-3H

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Momma’s Split Pea and Ham Soup

Homey and Comforting Soup, my Momma's recipe is perfect on these chilly weekend days!


  • 1 leftover ham bone, cut any leftover ham off and reserve (I had 2 cups chopped ham)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • Water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (optional-see instructions)
  • 1 lb split peas


  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, add the ham bone (meat removed), carrots, celery, and onion.
  2. Pour in water 3/4 up the side of the pan, to just cover the ham bone.
  3. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours.
  4. Carefully transfer the veggies to your blender with 1-2 cups of the broth, enough to puree them easily.
  5. Pulse until smooth and add back to the pot. Stir in with remaining broth.
  6. Now, all hams are different, some saltier than others. If you had a particularly salty ham, I wouldn't add the bouillon cubes, but if it was like mine, and wasn't very salty, the cubes help add that flavor. So add these based off of the saltiness of your ham!)
  7. Add the split peas, stir in and cook for an additional hour, covered, but stirring occasionally, until the peas start to turn really soft when you're stirring.
  8. The pea's will hit a point where they are just falling apart, so I didn't puree mine, I like a little texture, but feel free to puree the entire soup if you'd like, before adding the chopped ham.
  9. Once the soup had reached your desired texture, add the chopped ham, and cook an additional 10-15 minutes, just until its heated through.
  10. Serve and enjoy! Just a tip: it's excellent with a side of crusty bread! 😉

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