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Dutch Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Try our delicious and healthy Dutch Pea and Ham Soup

Credit: Georgia Harding

The Dutch often combine smoked meats and legumes in stews and soups. This delicious soup is a hearty, wholesome meal. While it takes a long time to cook it really is a no-fuss, set-and-forget dish my whole family loves. 

Serves: 4



  • 200g dried green split peas, soaked overnight, strained & rinsed
  • 1 pork chop, fat trimmed
  • 3 large rashers bacon
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1.5L water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Good grind black pepper
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled & finely diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled & finely diced
  • Crusty bread, to serve
  1. Place split peas, pork chops, bacon, onion, garlic, celery, water and salt in pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 30 mins. Any scum that appears, just skim it from top.
  2. Add carrot, potato and sweet potato and simmer slowly for another 1–1½ hours or until split peas are mushy and soup has thickened.
  3. Remove pork from bone (it should just fall away). Break any solid bits up and mix through soup.
  4. Serve with crusty bread.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.