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Hearty Vegetable Split Pea Soup

This slow-cooker soup is my secret weapon on busy days. It’s delicious served with oyster crackers that are 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 (2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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; add water if necessary.
Nutrition 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.

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  • amehart
    Oct 28, 2020

    Excellent soup and so simple to make. Based on other suggestions I did one Tbs. chicken "Better Than Bullion" to the water, and to make a tad heartier, added sliced hot dogs, like my mother used to do, with about 2 hours left to cook. Will definitely make this again.

  • Appy_Girl
    Oct 22, 2020

    Very easy to make. What a great taste.i too used chicken stock . I also added 2 slices of bacon . Which I sautéed with the vegetables. I made mine stove top. Looking forward to another bowl tomorrow. I also processed just 1/2 of the soup. VFE.

  • ebramkamp
    Feb 28, 2019

    I tweaked the recipe a tiny bit based on other reviews. I added some low sodium chicken bouillon and used less salt. I served mine topped with crunchy garlic croutons. This soup is hearty and flavorful. I will definitely make it again.

  • hkpepin
    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
    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
    Feb 6, 2016

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

  • poodlewamp
    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
    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