Many years ago, when I was a new mother and experiencing cabin fever in our small house out in the middle of the fields, surrounded by snow… I “took a break” to look through my latest “Gourmet” magazine.
That is the day I first made this Two Pea Soup and it was (little did I know then..) the beginning of my little daughter’s love of same. To this day she swears there is no better pea soup!
So I will share with you.

Here it is, after being in the oven for an hour:

And here is the finished product, ready for our guests this evening. It’s an early Sunday night supper tonight, as we all have to settle down for Downton Abbey!


1 large onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 stick butter
1 smoked ham hock (about 3/4 lb.)
1/2 lb. dried split peas
4 cups chick. broth
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 c frozen peas, thawed
In a kettle cook the onions, celery, carrots & garlic in butter, covered, over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 min. or until vegetables are softened.  Add the ham hock, split peas, stock, bay leaf & 2 cups water. Bring liquid to a boil, skimming the froth, and cook the soup, covered partially, in a preheated 400°oven for 1 hour. Transfer the ham hock to a cutting board and cut the meat into small pieces, discarding the bone & trimmings.  Stir the ham into the soup. Add the partially thawed peas and cook the soup for 10 more minutes, until the “frozen” peas are cooked.
Let me know what you think and if this might start a tradition in your family too!


  1. This looks delicious….am definitely going to do

  2. Oh pea soup makes me feel like a warm hug and a snuggly blanket….it's so comforting!

  3. Libby,

    I love pea soup and used to make split pea with ham years ago. Everyone loved it. I like the idea of cooking it in the oven, something I've never heard of! It looks delicious.

    I love Downton Abbey too!

  4. I can't wait to make this in Mammoth…so great after skiing.

  5. Pea soup is one of my favorites. Will have to try your recipe! ~Delores

  6. What a fab recipe for merry old England in the winter. I'll have to give it a go. Fingers crossed Bea likes it as she's quite fussy about her peas! Have a happy weekend and thanks for sharing your recipe:)