Slow Cooker Pea Soup Recipe
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Slow Cooker Pea Soup Recipe

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This slow-cooker soup is one of my favorite meals to make during a busy workweek. When I get home, I just add the milk...and supper is served! —Deanna Waggy, South Bend, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup hot milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 214 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 11g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the first nine ingredients in order listed (do not stir). Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir in milk. Discard bay leaves before serving. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Split Pea Soup in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p5

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Raynebow68 User ID: 6265013 245063
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"Hands down, the best split pea soup I've ever had. It was killer smelling this cooking all afternoon! I used a 16oz package of pre-diced ham for ease and it was perfect. I assumed it was about two cups and didn't measure it, but when I put this recipe into MyFitnessPal with the ingredients I used, the calories went to 406 per serving. Maybe it was the ham and/or the milk; I'm not sure. I used baby carrots and whole milk and beyond that followed the recipe as written. My daughter, who claimed to have never had split pea soup before (she's wrong, just doesn't remember) loved it. I served it with a rosemary artisan bread loaf and it was perfect. This is on my list for "easy", "Yummy" and "will make again". My crockpot runs hot (Rival tells me they don't make them like they used to - no kidding!) and so when set to high cycles faster and tends to cook things about 1-1.5 hours sooner than expected. I got the pot turned on at 2:30 and it was boiling by 6:00; I turned it to low and let it continue while the bread baked. SO GOOD."

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Absolutely delicious flavor! I used a meaty ham bone, then cut the meat off when the soup was ready. This recipe is a keeper."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 241349
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"Great soup! Nice texture."

LindaLMT User ID: 7564646 232422
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"Best Split Pea soup! and so easy to make. I used 4 c. of chicken stock (that's how much was in the box) and 1 c. of water. Also added some diced celery and thyme. I wanted it a little thicker and used 3 heaping Tbs. of instant mashed potato flakes and used the milk per individual serving and to each person's taste. Delicious!"

lindsmonsters User ID: 4912194 226409
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"pretty good, nice touch with the addition of milk at the end"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 65985
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Recipe was easy to follow and delivered as promised. This is my very first split pea soup, and I was happy to find it in a crockpot form. I cooked on the low setting all day, versus the high setting or 4 hours. It made a big portion (easily enough for 2 nights for a big family). Smelled wonderful cooking and would recommend to others as a hearty winter soup option."

steven972 User ID: 7362714 52801
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"sounds like a soup I want to come home to already to be served. Since I work 8 hrs a day and not able to go home at the end of 5 hours. Can I put this in the crock for 8-9 hrs?? I give it a 4 star only because I haven't made it yet but sounds good"

Aidensmom27 User ID: 7938388 90478
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"We LOVE this soup! I make it exactly like the recipe. On high, without pre-soaking the peas (remember: yellow split peas do not need to be pre-soaked, they just need to be washed first)"

caree929 User ID: 3830950 205771
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"This was really easy and very good, but I made some changes. I added a ham bone for flavor and then some cut up ham. I did not want to put this in my crock pot on high-- it just didn't sound like a good idea for soup!-- so I cooked this on low for 9 hours which was perfect. I added 1/2 tsp. of thyme and 1/4 tsp. rubbed sage, and used vegetable broth instead of water for more flavor. I decided not to add the milk at the end and instead added another cup of water. When I make this again, I'll just add an additional cup of broth from the beginning. My husband and toddler loved it!"

nicebass User ID: 4061988 56928
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"easy pea soup. My husband & I loved it..Used smoked ham hocks my husband smoked in our shop."

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