Classic creamy split pea soup with chunks of hearty vegetables and ham. If you are a split pea lover you must try this recipe.
Hi all! Do you love split pea soup? I’m guessing you do if you clicked to get here to this recipe. I love split pea soup, but it seems not quite enough to be a complete meal. I added loads of thick-cut veggies to my classic split pea recipe and made it a thick and satisfying stew.
This recipe is great for using leftover ham, and if you have a leftover ham bone, use that too in this recipe. I had tons of leftover ham after making my Slow Cooker Apple and Clove Ham, that leftover ham worked great in this recipe.
In addition to the split peas, ham and veggies I add bay leaves, black pepper and dried thyme. I can’t make split pea without dried thyme, it really makes the flavor of the split peas pop. Make sure to use the dried leaf thyme, not ground.
I also add 7 cups of chicken stock, this may seem like a lot, but it’s just the right amount for the peas to melt into to and have enough broth for the veggies without being too thick.
I was pleasantly surprised how good the potatoes tasted in this soup, a match made in heaven with the creamy peas.
This is my new favorite soup, I can’t get enough of it! Though my 7-year old wouldn’t touch this soup with a 10-foot pole, I think someday she’ll come around to love split pea soup as much as my husband and I do.
See my other slow cooker soup recipes here:
- Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- Slow Cooker Homemade Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Potato Cheese Soup
- Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken White Bean Soup
- Slow Cooker Cauliflower Cheese Soup
- Slow Cooker Maine Corn Chowder
- Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup
Want to make more magic in your crockpot? Stay up to date and subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Stew
- 1 lb. dry split peas
- 7 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups ham pieces or cubed ham
- leftover ham bone optional
- 4 cups quartered baby red potatoes
- 1 white onion, diced
- 4 carrots, sliced large
- 3 celery ribs sliced large
- 1 tsp. dried leaf thyme
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 bay leaves
- Add everything to the slow cooker, stir.
- Cover and cook on LOW For 8-9 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
- When the cooking time is up remove and discard ham bone (if used) and bay leaves.
- Stir the soup gently until the spit peas melt throughout the stew.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Video:
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
More of a soup than a stew, but very good. I added a cup of 35% cream.
Bill Enloe says
Super easy and very good.
Excellent! And easy. Thank you
Give your kid some time to come around. I’m 50 and I still hate peas, but I can stomach a really flavorful (bacon or ham, veggies, etc) split pea soup 😉
I just made this for dinner and it was great!
I added 2 cups of leftover daikon. I didn’t have ham so I subbed a can of Spam. I didn’t have dried split peas but I used dried whole peas. I put my Crock-Pot on high for 6 hours. I seasoned to taste, adding two Sazon season packets. Ate this delicious soup with crusty bread and butter – wow!
This is definitely going into my saved recipes!
Sarah Olson says
Sounds great! I love your additions.
Susan Stephenson says
I made this last night and my home smelled great. I’ll be enjoying soup all week.
I think recipe intended to instruct 3 ribs of celery, not 3 stalks… = )
Thanks for another great recipe. This is a keeper!
Sarah Olson says
So glad you enjoyed it. I will fix that!!
Andrea Trubody says
Could I cook the split pea soup on high gif 4 hours?
Sarah Olson says
Yes, it may need just a bit longer, it’s hard to say.