Hearty Vegetable Split Pea Soup Recipe
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Hearty Vegetable Split Pea Soup Recipe

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This slow-cooker soup is my secret weapon on busy days. It’s delicious served with oyster crackers tossed in a bit of melted butter and herbs, and then lightly toasted in the oven. —Whitney Jensen, Spring Lake, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 202 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 15g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until peas are tender. Stir before serving. Discard bay leaf.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Vegetable Split Pea Soup in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

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hkpepin User ID: 3030797 259323
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"I followed the recipe but made some small changes that I thought really added to the dish. I substituted one of the cups of water with chicken broth, added about a quarter to half cup of Italian dressing, and some garlic powder because I'm fairly sure I can't actually cook without it. We each topped our soup with either some feta or some Parmesan cheese. My daughter literally inhaled her portion of soup and my husband and I enjoyed it as well. Simple to prepare and delicious - we'll definitely make this again!"

debianntx User ID: 3730218 243865
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"I loved this soup. I have another split pea recipe I love but wanted to try something different and I loved it, as did my family. I added a small potato and added some chicken bullion powder. I would add the bullion again, but cut down on the salt. I give this 6 stars!!"

salmonchick User ID: 7829300 243320
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"I added corn on the cob and it was a more complete meal.. Love the taste"

poodlewamp User ID: 290495 193691
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"I use Smoked ham to this recipe. First I cook the smoked ham bones, and use that as part of the water mixture, great flavor !!!! Sometimes I also add some chopped bacon & a little Italian Dressing, for a little added KICK !!!!"

Tacowin User ID: 5221872 126676
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I added chunks of ham and added some cut up potatoes half way thru the cooking time to make a awesome tasting soup that my husband really loved great recipe"

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