I love Pea and Ham soup in Winter. It's so warming and yummy. I've made a few different types through the years and this one is the easiest and tastiest. I use Bacon Ribs because they impart a delicious, smoky flavour to the soup. You know they're done when they fall off the bone as you shred the meat off them. This soup is great with crusty bread and good company to share it with.


  • 10 cups Water.

  • 500g Split Peas (No need to soak them because they're getting cooked for 2 hours)

  • 2 diced Potatoes.

  • 3 grated Carrots.

  • 2 diced Onions.

  • 2 racks Smoked Bacon Ribs (or 1 Smoked Ham Hocks)

  • Cumin - to taste.(I use about 1 heaped tsp)

  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


  • 1.

    Put all the ingredients into a large pot.

  • 2.

    Cut the rib rack into single ribs before putting in with other ingredients.

  • 3.

    Bring to the boil then cover and reduce heat to low.

  • 4.

    Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

  • 5.

    Remove all the bacon ribs and pull the meat off the bones.

  • 6.

    Put the bacon meat back in and discard the bones.

  • 7.

    Continue cooking for another 1/2 hour.

  • 8.

    Serve with lots of crusty bread and enjoy!

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 1188kj
  • Fat Total 76g
  • Saturated Fat 24g
  • Protein 67g
  • Carbohydrate 55g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Sodium 1844mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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I used to use a leftover ham bone but since they're not always easily available I had the inspired notion to use the ribs that you find hanging in deli's. You could use ham hocks or just chunks of ham instead.

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Posted by Jamie72Report
trying to make now,sounds great sure the kids will love it will keep you posted.was easy to prep now plenty time to put feet up cheers
Posted by Jamie72Report
now a family fav once a week through winter keep flu and cold away and tummies full
Posted by PaulineReport
can't wait!
Posted by PaulineReport
I am cooking this soup right now, can't wait!
Posted by PaulineReport
cooking right now, will let you know what the other half thinks.
Posted by JM301Report
The reason you soak split peas is to remove the enzymes they contain that are hard to digest (and therefor cause the flatulance often associated with pea soup). Yes, you can cook them without soaking but be prepared to face the consequences. Not recomended if you are planning on taking the family for a long drive the next morning!