English Pub Split Pea Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours


8 servings (2 quarts)

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of the slow cooker, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for five hours, and come back to "soup's on." Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
English Pub Split Pea Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1-1/3 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) light beer
  • 1 tablespoon prepared English mustard
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. Place ham bone in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add peas, celery, carrot and onion. Combine water, beer and mustard; pour over vegetables. Cook, covered, on high 5-6 hours or until peas are tender.
  2. Remove ham bone from soup. Cool slightly, trim away fat and remove meat from bone; discard fat and bone. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces; return to slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. If desired, top with additional minced parsley.

Test Kitchen tip
  • For a less chunky soup, puree in batches in a blender or food processor.
  • We used Coleman's prepared mustard when testing this recipe. If you can't find English mustard, horseradish mustard is a good substitute.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 141 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.