Split Pea Soup

This past month and a half has been somewhat rough. Long story short, I was hospitalized for a week (had to have emergency surgery, and the recovery took longer than expected). Luckily, my awesome sister in-law flew up to Boston from Austin, TX to help out. She was an absolute godsend; I seriously don't know how Will and I would have survived without her here. In addition to giving Will a hand with Tony, taking care of me while I recovered, the laundry, she also cooked some delicious meals. (Did I mention before how fortunate I am to have married into a family of fabulous cooks??). One of the things she made was this split pea soup, which I probably haven't eaten since I left my parents' house at 22. My mom would occasionally make this soup when I was growing up, and even though I enjoyed it I never made it for Will. However, Aimee's soup was so good I knew I would have to make it on my own. I was surprised at how easy it was! Even though the recipe only calls for a 1-lb ham hock, I had a (much larger) one left over from dinner a few nights before. It gave the soup a rich, wonderful flavor. I would make this again in a heartbeat.
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  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 pound ham bone
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • This isn't included in the original recipe, but I also added a few carrots. 

1. In a medium pot, saute onions in oil.
2. Add the split peas, ham bone, and enough water to cover ingredients; season with salt and pepper. 

3. Cover, and cook until there are no peas left, just a green liquid, 2 hours. While it is cooking, check to see if water has evaporated. You may need to add more water as the soup continues to cook. 

4. Once the soup is a green liquid remove from heat, and let stand so it will thicken. Once thickened you may need to heat through to serve. (It should look like this).


  1. I'm so glad that you're doing better now. That must have been a scary week for you guys! That really was nice and supportive of Aimee to fly up and help.
    I haven't had split pea soup in forever. It sounds really good, now that the weather is getting chillier!

  2. Yeah, it was definitely unpleasant. I was SO grateful to have Aimee there. I was thinking about you when I posted this-it's so easy to make as a vegetarian dish, and I agree, it's such a good chilly weather recipe!

  3. <3 you are welcome!
    side note, i add a dash of white pepper.
    bet the extra ham was delicious! did you give some to tony? i bet he could've eaten the soup!

  4. White pepper! Damn that's what I forgot. I knew it was something. You know, I never even thought about giving some to Tony, but I bet you're right. He would love it. I'm going to make this again soon, so I'll let him sample some and we'll see how it goes. :)


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