Soup Cookoff Recipe #3: Smakelijke Split Pea Soup

After posting this entry about our soup cookoff, some folks wrote in to request recipes.
I’ll post the top three over the next few days. We’ll start with the third-place soup, made by yours truly: Smakelijke Split Pea Soup.

Smakelijke Split Pea Soup

  • 5 cups split peas (from the bulk food section)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 large onion
  • Ham (3-4 cups cubed ham. I just bought a half a ham [Hempler’s honey-cured] and chopped up half of that).
  • Salt/pepper/season as desired (and whenever desired throughout the process). I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and some chili powder.


  1. Wash split peas; drain.
  2. Clean carrots. Grate finely.
  3. Clean celery. Chop celery.
  4. Chop onion.
  5. Chop ham into cubes.
  6. Dump everything into a large pot.
  7. Bring to boil.
  8. Simmer 2-3 hours.
  9. Smakelijke!