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A green bowl of thick split pea soup sits on a white plate. There are big chunks of ham in the soup and a cracker on top.
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Jonathan's Favorite Split Pea Soup

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 12 cups water
  • 1 ham bone (or use a few smoked ham hocks)
  • 2 pounds split peas picked over
  • 1 large onion diced or 1/2 cup dehydrated onion
  • 8 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 2 bay bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp. butter reduces foaming
  • 3-5 cups diced ham


  • Put everything except the ham in a large soup pot and bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until peas are soft, 1-2 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaves and ham bone or hocks.
  • Check seasoning for salt and pepper. Add the ham and cook a few more minutes.