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 (0g sugars, 11g fiber), 17g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1 vegetabl


  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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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"

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