Split Pea Soup with Barley


This traditional soup recipe features the tasty trio of barley, ham, and peas.

Split Pea Soup with Barley
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 10 cup water

  • 1 pound dry yellow split peas, rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)

  • ½ cup regular barley

  • 2 tablespoon instant chicken bouillon granules

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 5 ounce cooked ham, chopped (1 cup)

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven or pot bring water, split peas, barley, bouillon granules, and bay leaf to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir in celery, carrots, and onion; return to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes more or until vegetables, peas, and barley are tender.

  2. Stir in ham and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes more or until ham is heated through. Remove and discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and additional pepper. Makes 8 (1-1/2 cup) servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

279 Calories
3g Fat
47g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 1131mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 626mg 13%
Folate, total 104.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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