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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Carrots and Ham Hocks

In less than half an hour, I can have the ingredients for my satisfying pea soup simmering away in my slow cooker. What a great treat to enjoy this soup on a chilly night.—Heidi Schmidgall, Hancock, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until peas are tender. Skim fat; discard bay leaf.
  • Set ham hocks aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and cut ham into small pieces. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 253 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 16g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Tacowin
    Feb 3, 2019


  • keepers1118
    Mar 29, 2016

    This was excellent. Instead of cooking on high, I cooked on low about 7 hours. In true Italian tradition, I cooked about a cup of small pasta and added that at the end. Also added the leaves with the celery.

  • grimfix
    Jan 4, 2016

    I have made this as a vegan soup for the Lenten program at church (without meat) and I have never brought any

    Jun 28, 2015

    Perfect soup for cool days. Added more pepper as per our tastes, but definitely a keeper.

  • ferryal
    Jan 6, 2015

    Wonderful recipe! Changed it a little, since did not have enough time, cooked it on the stove and used 2 cups of Turkey Ham as did not have the Ham Hocks on hand, otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Great for chilly days in upstate NY.Heidi, Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.