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Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 3 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until peas are tender.
  • 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.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding 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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  • Sunnygrammie
    Feb 9, 2021

    The flavor is wonderful. I just wish I'd either soaked the peas or cooked them a while longer--some were still a bit crunchy. Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing. And even though some of the peas weren't quite soft enough, I will still try this recipe again. It was that good.

  • tkuehl
    Nov 19, 2020

    I love a good pea soup, and really enjoyed making it for my husband’s grandfather (we were the only two in the family that would eat pea soup). This is an easy recipe, with wonderful flavor.

  • Laura
    Oct 13, 2018

    This is the best piece you I have ever had in my entire life, I lid you not! Iit was outstanding! Do you have any other recipes?

  • kpioch
    Oct 31, 2014