Ham Bone and Pea Soup

  • Yield: 4 servings

"One of the best times I recall growing up in New England during our cold and snowy winters was coming home from school to my mom's ham bone and pea soup. It's easy to prepare, and you get to make use of the bone from your baked ham dinner."


1 ham bone (with some meat on it)
1small onion, thinly sliced
3large potatoes, cut in small chunks
1cup dried split peas (green or yellow, or 1/2 cup of each)
1 bay leaf


  1. In a large soup pot, cover ham bone, peas, and onion with water.
  2. Boil over medium heat until ham is soft and falls off the bone. Remove bone and ham.
  3. Cut ham in small pieces and return to pot. Add potatoes and bay leaf.
  4. Cook until peas and potatoes are tender. Serve with hard rolls for dunking or make dumplings.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: This is a very simple and good soup. Add salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.


Katherine Middlen, Gardner, Mass.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 45
  • Calories 460
  • Fat 3.5g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 800mg
  • Potassium 1410mg
  • Carbohydrate 79g
  • Fiber 19g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 29g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 40%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 25%