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Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours


8 servings (about 3 quarts)

Updated: Mar. 10, 2022
I've been making this soup for years. After every holiday where ham is served, the hostess hands me the ham bone and a bag of peas when I leave. I love it with a slice of crusty fresh bread. —Susan Simons, Eatonville, Washington
Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 meaty ham bone or 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried celery flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until peas are tender.
  2. Remove ham bone from soup. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone; discard bone. Cut meat into cubes and return to soup or save meat for another use. Remove bay leaf.

Can you freeze Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup?

Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 312 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 16g fiber), 25g protein.

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