Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup


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Creamy, smooth, and easy to make, this Crockpot Split Pea Soup with ham is a classic recipe you must try in the slow cooker. The ingredients come together to make a hearty soup that is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

If you love split pea soup, then you may also enjoy my Slow Cooker Chickpeas and Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas, or Slow Cooker Lentil Soup.

Split pea soup in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon in it.

Why you should try this

When you’re looking for a unique way to cook a vegetable-heavy meal, slow cooking a few veggies combined with a delicious chicken or vegetable broth makes for an awesome recipe and pure comfort food. This soup also has a quick prep time and the cooking time is nice and long, which leaves you with plenty of time for getting everything else done for the day and providing a great meal for dinner.

Recipe Ingredients:

split pea ingredients.
  • Dried Split Peas – One pound of dried peas, make sure there are no rocks or dirt clumps in them as you add to the slow cooker.
  • Vegetables – Diced carrots, onions, and celery are diced and used to make the perfect split pea soup.
  • Ham – Diced ham can be freshly bought or you can use leftover ham.
  • Dried Herbs – Dried thyme, fresh rosemary, and a bay leaf go great with split peas.
  • Chicken Broth – This will flavor the soup and add the right amount of chicken flavor.
  • Seasonings – Minced garlic, salt, and black pepper ensure the taste of this soup is well-balanced.

Step-by-Step Directions

3 images showing how to make split pea soup in a crockpot.

Step One – Add the split peas, vegetables and seasonings to the slow cooker.

Step Two – Pour over the chicken broth and water. Cover and cook for 8 hours without opening the lid.

Step Three – Take a whisk or spoon and stir the soup when the cooking time is up. The peas will dissolve into the broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

side view of split pea soup in a crockpot, done cooking.

What to serve with this:

  • Pea soup can be served with a side of Italian bread or a crusty bread of your choice. Try my Slow Cooker Focaccia Bread.
  • It also pairs well alongside a fresh garden salad.
  • When it comes to toppings, you can add sauteed ham cubes, sour cream, freshly ground black pepper, or a drizzle of olive oil. Don’t forget the saltines or oyster crackers.

How to make this vegetarian:

  • If you would like to make this vegetarian, omit the ham.
  • Then substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth.
2 bowls of split pea soup with croutons on top.

Recipe FAQs

Is this recipe healthy?

Yes! Split pea soup is very healthy, and using diced ham instead of ham bone cuts back on fat in the recipe. Though this soup is healthy, it still tastes like comfort food!

Can yellow split peas be substituted for green?

Yes, there is no difference between yellow and green peas other than the color. Though, some say yellow split peas are slightly sweeter.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

No! The slow cooker will soften them perfectly into a velvety, silky soup.

What to do if my soup is too thick?

After split pea soup has been prepared, it thickens when the lid has been taken off or refrigerated. Add a splash of water or chicken broth and stir, and the soup will be a perfect consistency again.

Can I use a ham bone?

Want to use a ham bone instead of ham? Use one large or two small ham bones to replace the diced ham. Shred the ham off the bones and add to the soup when the cooking time is up. Discard the leftover ham bone and fat.

Can I make split pea soup into a freezer meal?

You can make this into a freezer meal! You place all the ingredients in a ziplock bag (except the water) and freeze until ready to cook. Thaw, add contents of the bag to slow cooker, add water and cook as directed on the recipe card.

How do I store leftover soup?

Split pea soup will keep the fridge for up to five days or three months in the refrigerator. You will need to add water to thin out the soup, for it will thicken considerably after storing.

bowl of split pea soup with croutons on top.

Can I use Hurst’s Hambeens Spilt Pea Soup Mix in this recipe?

  • Yes, though Hurst’s Spilt Pea mix package size is 20 ounces compared to the 16 ounces of split peas that I use in this recipe. Add 1 more cup of water if you use Hurst’s Split Pea Mix.
  • Omit the chicken bouillon if you use the included ham seasoning packet. Be sure to wait until the end of the cooking time to add the ham seasoning packet.

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side view of split pea soup in a crockpot, done cooking.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
To make creamy Slow Cooker Split Pea, you only a few ingredients to the best slow split pea soup you will ever have!

Ingredients  

  • 16 oz. dried green split peas, sorted and rinsed (about 2 ¼ cups)
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 rosemary sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley, chopped, for serving

Instructions 

  • Add the split peas, ham, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, chicken broth and water.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, or on LOW for 8-9 hours.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste (you may not need salt at all, depending how salty your ham is). Add more water if you soup thickens too much.

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Notes

Ham bone directions:
 
Want to use a ham bone instead of ham? Use 1 large or 2 small ham bones in place of the diced ham. When the cooking time is up, shred the ham off the bones and add to the soup. Discard the ham bones and fat.
 
Want to use yellow split peas?
 
Yellow split peas can be used in place of the green split peas.
 
Soup too thick?
 
Add a splash of water or chicken broth to get the soup back to the desired consistency.
 
Can I make split pea soup into a freezer meal?
 
You can make this into a freezer meal! Place all the ingredients in a ziplock bag (except the water) and freeze until ready to cook. Thaw, add the contents of the bag to the slow cooker, add water, and cook as directed on the recipe card.
 
Storage Instructions:
 
Split pea soup will keep the fridge for up to 5 days or 3 months in the fridge. You will need to add water to thin out the soup for it will thicken considerably after storing.
 
Can I use Hurst’s Hambeens Split Pea Mix?
 
  • Yes, though Hurst’s Spilt Pea mix package size is 20 ounces compared to the 16 ounces of split peas that I use in this recipe. Add 1 more cup of water if you use Hurst’s Split Pea Mix.
  • Omit the chicken bouillon if you use the included ham seasoning packet. Be sure to wait until the end of the cooking time to add the ham seasoning packet.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2789IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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61 Comments

  1. Becca says:

    Do i have to use thyme?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      No, you can leave it out or use oregano instead.

    2. Keith Novinski says:

      5 stars
      I have a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and they have a recipe which uses 1/4 teaspoon of dried marjoram. You can try that or use a bay leaf instead. Or you can use both marjoram and a bay leaf.

      1. Dr. Peeper says:

        5 stars
        Marjoram FTW. I would use it instead.

  2. Kai says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I add only one ingredient (1 teaspoon of crush red pepper flakes) because I like it a little spicy.

  3. mugschatz says:

    5 stars
    THANK YOU for providing a recipe that doesn’t call for pre-sauteeing anything before leaving the Pot to do is job while I go to mine! I see that part of a recipe and my eyes glaze over before I turn the page or hit the Back arrow I do plan to butter the sides of the Pot and put the onions up against the sides so they get a little browned, but that’s where I draw the line. I know this will be delicious because pea soup is one of my winter go-to easy dinners, and there’s something magical that cooked legumes do, even with minimal seasonings…

  4. Carolyn says:

    Can I cook on high in slow cooker for 5 hours?

    1. Tiara says:

      I’m curious about this too! I only have 4 settings on my slow cooker and I’m not sure what would be best – low (4 or 6 hours) or high (8 or 10 hours)

      1. Sarah Olson says:

        Choose low for 10 hours. If you ever have a recipe that doesn’t match your settings you have to be home to manually stop your slow cooker.

    2. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, that should work fine.

  5. Sandi says:

    If adding potatoes, will the cook time still be 10 hours?

  6. Carol says:

    5 stars
    Best Pea Soup recipe I ever made. DELICIOUS

  7. Kathie says:

    5 stars
    This is wonderful split pea soup! Everyone I share it loves it! Thank you

  8. Vickie Holt says:

    Love that you post nutritional facts. I have kidney disease and have to watch sodium and potassium numbers closely. Any help will be appreciated when posting recipes. Hard to follow certain recipes with my problem. God bless have a great day!

  9. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my daughter and me, and it was delicious! Made it exactly as written (except used only half the thyme). Next time I make this I think I will add some celery and a little salt and pepper, but it was great just as written!

  10. Lisa Richardson says:

    I would like to know if I Can use ham broth instead of chicken broth?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! I think that would be even better. I’ve never seen it to buy.