Split Pea with Ham and Barley

I feel like it’s weird that I haven’t shared any Thanksgiving recipes with you this week (I know, you were thinking it too) but I had to share this with as many people as possible ASAP.

I love soup, and I go a little soup crazy in the Winter. Split pea has always been a favorite of mine. Last Winter, I made some in the crock pot that was…pretty good. But I figured I could do better. As it turns out, I could. Way better. The results of my experiment were hearty, thick and full of flavor. Try this soup on the next cold, bone-chilling day and you’ll thank me.

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Barley


  • 1 bag (1 Lb) dried split peas
  • 4 C. chicken broth
  • 3 C. water
  • 1 C. pearl barley
  • 3 C. ham, cubed
  • 2 C. carrots, chopped
  • 1 C. onion, chopped
  • 1 C. potato, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Place the split peas, chicken broth, water, and barley together in a large pot or dutch oven.

Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for an hour.

Step 2: While the soup is simmering, chop the veggies

and the ham.

Then clean up all that ham juice on your counter.

I used a ham steak, but you can use a ham hock or ham bone if you prefer. I personally dislike fishing bones out of things, and the ham steak has more meat.

Step 3: After an hour, add the ham to the soup. Let it simmer, covered, for another hour.

Step 4: After the second hour (stir it occasionally, by the way) add the vegetables. Stir them in, then cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the veggies are tender.

Serve the soup immediately, or let it cool and freeze it for later. I did both; I ate some, and froze half for a night when The Renaissance Man is not eating with me (he’s not big on split pea soup, unfortunately).

I feel warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about this soup.

The Wife

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5 thoughts on “Split Pea with Ham and Barley

  1. ‘L’ isn’t big on split pea soup either (or peas in general for that matter) so I will need to make this on a night when he’s not around. :-) I made soup last night that I’ll be posting tomorrow, plus found like 4-5 other soup recipes that I’ll be making in the coming weeks — so I know what you mean about soup season being upon us :-)

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