Hearty and Healthy Split Pea, Ham and Barley Soup

Hearty and Healthy Split Pea, Ham and Barley Soup


2 quarts water (8 cups)

1 pound dried split peas (green)

½ cup pearl barley

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced or 2 teaspoons garlic (from a jar)

½ teaspoon salt

½ tablespoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon dried sage

Pinch of ground cumin

½ cups carrots, diced

1 cup onions, chopped

2 cups lean ham or turkey ham, diced, see shopping tip

Fresh ground pepper


1. In a large pot, combine the water, split peas, barley, bay leaves, salt, soy sauce, garlic, thyme, sage, and cumin. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour.

2. Add the prepared carrots and onion. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

3. Discard the bay leaves and stir in the diced ham.

Serves 8 (1 cup serving each)

Nutrition Facts

for 1 cup serving
328 cal
2g fat
24g protein
55g carbs
9g fiber
696mg sodium
2g sugar