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Slow-Cooker Pea Soup Recipe

Slow-Cooker Pea Soup Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Slow-Cooker Pea Soup

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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."

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."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"Great soup! Nice texture."

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!"

Reviewed May. 16, 2015

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

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."

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"

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)"

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

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

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"this was also my first attempt at making pea soup and it turned out FANTASTIC !! I used shredded carrots in mine (1bag) and it was awesome!! I also added some cummin sprinkled on top and garlic/pepper instead of just pepper !! will make again !!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"First attempt making pea soup in a slow cooker. I did not soak peas ahead yet the peas softened in the water that was in the recipe. I was surprised. I also added homemade dumplings. Beat 2 eggs with a fork. Add a little milk(1-2 Tbsp) and beat again. Stir in 1.5 cups flour. Drop into soup half hour before done."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I added half a tsp of rosemary and a large potato, cubed. I soaked the peas overnight and the soup was a bit watery, but delicious. Four stars for not indicating whether to presoak or not."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"First time making pea soup in my crock pot instead of on top of the stove and it turned out great! Like others, I used my leftover ham bone. It did need a little something though so I added some cumin and marjoram. I also topped it with homemade croutons and some shredded swiss cheese. Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Good soup. Only change I made was I put in a ham bone with some meat on it instead of the cubed ham"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Excellent pea soup. I have to admit, I too thought it was too thick when it was done cooking (about 4.5 hours), then I remembered that you are to add a cup of milk at the end. It was perfect after adding the milk!!! LOL ;)"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"For years, this has been my go-to recipe for split pea soup. Easy to put together, let the crock pot do the cooking, and absolutely delish. My husband loves it. Today I'm making it with a hambone rather than the diced ham I usually use. Healthy and delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Excellent! I added more salt, garlic powder, & extra pepper. It just needed the flavor kick, but otherwise the consistency was great!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Very tasty, you'd never know it's "light"!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"This is by far the best split pea soup recipe I have ever tried! Even my daughter that hates peas (ad most things green) loves this soup! And you can't beat the smell that fills your house! I make this recipe AT LEAST once a month...even in the summer months, it's that good."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I made this recipe for my husband per his special request and we were both VERY pleased! It's a simple recipe with great flavor and texture! I added dried basil and an extra cup of water as recommended from others after reading the reviews! I'll definately be making it again! :)"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"This is the best soup for a cold winter day! Don't forget the crusty bread to go with it."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I love this soup. Its easy, and uses up leftover ham nicely. I add additional garlic (1 clove), bay leaf and onion, but otherwise the recipe is the same. You may have to add some additional fluid (water, chicken broth) during the cooking time, I usually do. It is a very delicious recipe, We only wish we had more leftovers!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"This soup was great. I added water to it so that it would not be too thick. I added 2 cups of water for 1 1/2 batch"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Absolutely wonderful!! I omitted the garlic and bay leaf."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"This soup is in the crock-pot right now and smells delicious. Didn't have a bay leaf, added a tsp. of dried basil for extra flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"I agree with the other reviewers; a wonderful soup recipe! I made it vegetarian by using 5 cups vegetable broth instead of water and eliminated the ham. It is delicious!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

"This is a great recipe! I doubled the water, split peas, salt, pepper, and milk to make a double batch. I left out the carrots, and added in a ham bone from a left over spiral ham. Boy, this soup was really good! Hubby and I both loved it and each have at least 2 lunches for this week too! Love that it's a crock pot recipe too."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"This soup was delicious, the first and last recipe I will ever use. It is thick when it cools but I like it that way."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"This is a great recipe and extremely easy to prepare. It is definitely one of my favorites. I do find that once the soup cools, it is way too "solid" for my liking, and I find myself adding water to it before reheating. I also turn the slow cooker to low for the final two hours or else it will burn. Of course, all slow cookers are different.

I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who likes split pea soup!"

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