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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

When I have leftover ham in the fridge, I always like to make this split pea soup. Just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and dinner is done. —Pamela Chambers, West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup julienned or chopped carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until peas are tender.
    Freeze Option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat through in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Slow-Cooker/Crock-Pot Split Pea Soup Tips

Can you overcook split pea soup?

Split peas take a very long time to soften, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking them. If you’d like the rest of the vegetables in your soup to retain some bite, add them later into the cooking time.

How do you thicken split pea soup?

For a slightly thicker split pea soup, remove about a cup of cooked soup, blend until smooth and then add it back into the pot. One of these thickening agents would work, too.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

Split peas don’t need to be soaked, but doing so can reduce the cooking, which is great if you’re in a time crunch.

What goes well with split pea soup?

We recommend dunking bread into split pea soup recipes! Try one of our favorite bread recipes on the side.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 260 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 728mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 15g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.


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  • noname
    Jan 17, 2021

    This was so incredibly easy and delicious. I used a couple bay leaves instead of rosemary because that is what my grandmother used. I was going to add the carrots late as others suggested but lost interest and forgot them entirely and it was still delicious!

  • ladytattoo
    Jan 10, 2021

    IF you are gonna rate on here, for heavens sakes hit the STARS!!!! zero stars pulls down the rating of this awesome recipe!!!!

  • Maureen
    Jan 9, 2021

    I made this soup as directed but put 2 celery socks in chopped and extra garlic. I also added the ham bone for extra ham and flavour at the end. This recipe is fantastic! I have also made it exactly as printed and is exceptional! Best recipe I have found, thank you??

  • Bonnie
    Jan 5, 2021

    This is excellent! I followed the recipe exactly- just used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock as that is what I had in the pantry. It was very easy and the time was just right. It is delicious and very easy.

  • debnmike2
    Dec 23, 2020

    Fantastic! Used vegetable stock lieu of chicken broth. Reduced stock by 1/2 cup and used white wine. Double the carrots. Add the ham bone. Perfect consistency.

  • Paul
    May 6, 2020

    Hey, this looks like a great recipe and I definitely intend to make it. My question is, in addition to the cubed ham, can I also use that big, otherwise useless leftover ham bone to sit in the pea soup in my crock pot, and then take the bone out when I’m done?

  • Blarney1
    May 5, 2020

    Excellent! I added a bit of heavy cream to finish it off and used a stick blender to puree the soup!

  • RosanneMack
    Feb 6, 2020

    I dont put the carrots in the entire time or they melt. And I also use all broth, no water. I take one cup of soup out and put it in a blender so its thicker. Pea soup always thickens more when you chill it. I add more broth or milk/cream to thin it. I love homemade pea soup. I always use leftover ham but the Kielbasa sounds like a great idea.

  • bicktasw
    Jan 18, 2020

    This is a wonderful thick and hearty soup... perfect to warm you up for the cold weather we're having!! I used 2 bay leaves instead of the rosemary and thyme and used all chicken broth instead of chicken broth AND water. The soup was thick (just the way I like it!) and tasty and super easy to make!! Next time I make it I want to use keilbasa or smoked sausage instead of ham!! The day after I made it..... the leftover soup tasted better to me but was extremely thick and I had to add more chicken broth to it ..... but still very tasty!!

  • Denise
    Jan 16, 2020

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