Grandma Lillian’s Pea Soup

Okay, now personally, I’m not a fan of this soup, I don’t like peas, but I’m pretty much the only one I know who doesn’t like it… and I have a lot of friends who are into peas and other veggies, so I thought I’d share. My grandma has been making this soup forever, the recipe card at her house was written in my mom’s elementary school handwriting, so it’s not something new to the family. It’s not quite a vegetarian meal as it’s cooked with a ham bone, but it’s something good for the winter, and is best served with crusty bread and extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Better Than Andersen’s Pea Soup


  • 2 pounds split peas
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach
  • 2 bunches water cress
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small bunch celery
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 6 quarts water


  • Wash all vegetables
  • Chop vegetables and place in food processor
  • Mix/Chop to the size of large confetti
  • Place vegetables in large pot
  • Wash peas and add to veggies
  • Add Water
  • Add ham bone
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently
  • Simmer 90-120 minutes
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


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