Swedish Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham

Swedish Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham

17 Reviews
From: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

This yellow split pea soup has fresh ginger to give it a bright flavor. Use the best ham you can find to get the most flavor.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 cups yellow split peas (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 8 ounces ham, trimmed and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

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  1. Place split peas in a medium bowl. Wash with cold water until the water runs clear; drain and spread in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add broth, water, onion, carrot, celery, ham, ginger and marjoram to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook for 5 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low. Season with pepper.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prep carrots, celery, ginger and dice ham; refrigerate in separate containers.
  • Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 338 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 20 g fiber; 53 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 223 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2847 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 54 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 691 mg sodium; 948 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (57% daily value), Folate (56% dv), Potassium (31% dv), Magnesium (26% dv), Iron (22% dv), Zinc (21% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 17

December 22, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Good made some minor changes I loved this soup! I used green split peas as I could not fin yellow. I added extra split peas, garlic powder and pepper. I did not add ginger (I do not like it) or celery. I added extra onion and shredded the carrots. I also added a touch of cumin. I cooked on high for 5 hours and had to add about 2 more cups of water at about 3 hours in. Turned out great! Pros: Makes a lot, filling
January 09, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Needs longer cooking time than stated! Made this overnight following the directions almost exactly (didn't really measure the marjoram or ginger--just eyeballed those). I put it in the slow cooker overnight on low for 8 hours + 2 hours on warm and when I checked it this morning, it wasn't at all the consistency of split pea soup. The peas still have crunch to them, so maybe it's just my slow cooker (cuisinart), but I'll be putting this back on high when I get home from work to hopefully break down the peas some more so it's actually a hearty, creamy soup. The flavor right now is fantastic though! Pros: Easy, healthy, tons of fiber Cons: Requires longer cooking than stated
January 03, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Great flavor, but cooking time longer than indicated. Really flavorful soup. It did n' t cook to my liking in the crock pot on high for 5 hours, so I transferred it to a regular pot and simmered it on the stove until the peas were nice and mushy, about another hour. I also added 2 cups of diced potatoes at this point. I will make this again. Pros: Great blend of flavors. A change up ftrom your ordinary split pea soup. Cons: I cooked it in the crock on high, but the peas in thewere still pretty hard.
September 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Fragrant, Hearty, Healthy -- Yummy! Followed the recipe with two exceptions, added 2 minced cloves of garlic & 1 additional cup of water with 1 tsp. ham base. After tasting, am glad I did NOT add a ham hock as it would have made it too fatty. Made this special for my Swedish mother who is receiving chemo treatments and need high protein healthy meals. Very colorful and flavorful! Pros: Super easy to make
March 15, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty and easy I really liked this, and it's even better the next day. I read through the comments and still didn't bother pre-cooking the veggies. However, I used a 1-pound bag of peas which wasn't quite enough. The recipe calls for 3 cups, and that's probably a bit more (it would be nice if the recipe was built around standard package sizes, but that's just me). I kept the other ingredients at their measurements, and threw in a smoked ham shank for flavor. It's very flavorful on its own. There was more liquid than I needed because of the amount of peas used, but when it cooled I was able to skim off nearly a cup of clear liquid and that helped. Pros: No precooking required Cons: Pay attention to how much peas you use
February 11, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Love this soup!! I am not a pea soup fan and my husband is so I was happy to find a soup I would enjoy too. I use leftover ham bones to make it and it is always yummy. I love being able to make things in crock pot. Set it and forget it. You will not be disappointed. Pros: easy, flavorful soup
February 10, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
It's all about the ham Buy a high quality smoked ham, and that will really infuse flavor into the soup. Use all chicken broth (I like the Imagine organic free range brand) - do not use water in the recipe. Sautee the veggies in canola or olive oil before putting them in the crockpot. And if you really want to add some zip, put in 2 teaspoons of curry power when sauteeing the veggies. Also, add the ginger at the very end after the soup is done cooking. Lastly, green split peas are OK to use as well.
January 19, 2013
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By: gfgirl
Better than store bought! Delicious! I followed the recipe to the letter, and didn't find it to be the least bit bland. I made sure to use fresh quality ingredients, which makes all the difference when cooking. I will be making this again. Pros: Fast, cost effective, full of flavour
December 01, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
hearty, tasty soup for a cozy winter evening I honestly don't understand some of these reviewers saying it was bland, so they put hot sauce in it. If you're looking for a spicy soup then look for another recipe. Read the recipe and follow the instructions and a delicious pea soup is what you will get. The salt comes from the ham and we used green split peas because we can't find yellow ones here where we live, cooked on high for 5h and it was delish... a creamy pea soup, veggie was good, but they are not supposed to be the star of the show, remember that...it's not a veggie soup, it's a pea soup ... again, it's a great recipe and you will only get dissapointed if you're making a pea soup, expecting a hot, spicy soup, or a chicken/veggie soup.... look for the right recipe of what you really want before you write a review saying this one was bad. Pros: healthy and easy

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