Split Pea Soup with Ham


  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


Place split peas into a large container and cover with 6 cups cool water; soak 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

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Mix chicken broth and 2 cups water together in a large pot over high heat; add ham, red onion, split peas, brown sugar, garlic, black pepper, and salt. Bring broth mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until peas are softened, about 2 hours.