Trini Ham Bone Soup

Don’t throw away the ham bone. You can add it and pieces of ham to your soup for a smoked and seasoned flavour . You will enjoy this ham bone soup.


Course: Soups

Cuisine: Caribbean


  • 1 cup split peas
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 3 pimiento peppers chopped
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 celery
  • 1 1/2 medium carrots
  • 1 yam
  • 2 sweet potato
  • 3 eddoes
  • 1 medium dasheen
  • 1 hand green fig banana
  • 1 medium cassava
  • 1/2 tbsp roucou
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 4 cups water divided (2 cups +2 cups)
  • 1/2 cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • a few cloves from the baked ham optional


  • Chop the ham bones and boil for 30 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups water and pressure cook the split peas with the chopped carrots. About 10 minutes.
  • NOTE: Soak the split peas in hot water for 10mins then pressure cook for 30mins
  • Here we have both pots on the fire cooking away. Now for the provision…
  • Wash the eddoes and sweet potato. Cut the sweet potato in half for easier cooking.
  • In a separate pot put the sweet potato, and eddoes to boil.
  • NOTE: These are placed separately since they cook faster than the other provision like the yam and green fig (banana). Also note that they weren’t peeled.
  • Wash, peel and chop the green fig (banana), yam, dasheen and cassava.
  • Test the sweet potato for doneness using an ice pick or knife.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Remove split peas and bone from the fire and set aside.
  • Chop the celery, pimento peppers and onion. Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Heat the oil and saute the garlic. Then add the celery, onion and pimento pepper for 1 minute. Add the split peas, 2 cups of water and provision. Let simmer over medium flame for 45 minutes.
  • NOTE: Do not add the sweet potato and eddoes.
  • Peel the eddoes and sweet potato and set aside.
  • While the soup is simmering test the provision for doneness using an ice pick.
  • Let’s make some quick cornmeal dumplings.
  • Mix together the flour, cornmeal and a little water until a dough is formed. Divide the dough into two and roll out to make two lengths about 1′ x 2″
  • Cut into 1″ pieces and add to the pot.
  • Add the ham bones now and let continue to simmer. If you’d like you can add the cloves as well
  • Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
  • Notes
  • I have to explain why the soup was made how it was made. In the following steps you would notice the bones were added last. This is because in my household one person doesn’t eat meat and and another pork. Under normal circumstances the ham bones could be added before you add the provision.
  • When serving add a piece of eddoes and sweet potato to the plate then add the soup.

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