Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 8


  • 1 (16-oz) package dried green split peas - rinsed
  • 1 meaty ham bone or 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 to 3 cups peeled and diced potatoes - optional
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 to 3 ribs celery - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper


  • Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the stock last.
  • Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off the bone.
  • Stir. Season with a little salt and pepper if needed.


Calories: 2609kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 227g | Fat: 174g | Saturated Fat: 62g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Monounsaturated Fat: 81g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 651mg | Sodium: 11927mg | Potassium: 3382mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5682IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 10mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. Would I be able to use garden peas that I froze? Also, would I be able to freeze the soup in small batches once made?
    Thank you!

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      I would hate to use those beautiful fresh garden peas in this recipe. I’m sure you could but I think an inexpensive bag of dried split peas would be the way to go.

  2. Donna Laberge says:

    This pea soup looks and sounds delicious! I will try it!

  3. Made this with leftover Easter ham. Delicious!!! Used recipe as instructed. I appreciate that the ingredients are listed as “cups” of, instead of “3 carrots, 2 potatoes” etc. It makes it much easier to calculate the right quantity. I have also made the Corned Beef recipe which was also delicious!! Thank You for such good food.

  4. Hi Theda. I would say this serves at least 8. It does make a pretty big batch. You could certainly double it if you have a really large slow cooker. It freezes great! Thanks! -Amy

    1. Theda Jardanowski says:

      Thank you Amy; I have it in the crock pot right now and it filled it to within an inch of the top. I added one potato diced up, too, a little extra carrots and two stalks of celery and everything else exactly like you recommend! I really enjoy watching you do your recipes on TV, but got up a little late this morning. I will definitely be making those lemon cookies, too. Love your recipes, keep it up!

  5. Theda Jardanowski says:

    This sounds so very good. How many does this recipe serve, wondering if I should double it?.

  6. My whole family which includes my husband and 10 and 8 year old boys loved this! I have been looking for a great split pea soup recipe and this was my first try and it was wonderful! It is so yummy and very filling! So easy too!!! It will be a regular in our house and I made no changes, just went exactly by the recipe!

  7. Jo Ann Johnson says:

    I love, love, love, split pea soup – but have never made it….until now. This soup is awesome. I omitted carrots, because I don’t care for them. Made some crostini to go with my soup. Its so cold outside, the fireplace is going and I am in heaven!

  8. Amy Hanten says:

    Hi Danielle,
    The peas cook better on the bottom covered with the other ingredients. Hope you loved it! I sure do! Thanks! -Amy

  9. Followed the recipe exactly and it is in my slow cooker now! Question- why do the instructions say not to stir it? Just curious! Thanks!

  10. Amy by using ham hocks would the soup be greasy from the skin on the hocks?

  11. Thanks Donna! Meant I agree with Robert! Nothing like homemade soup! So glad he’ll be making it now instead of buying it in a can!

  12. Amy,
    This sounds great… will give it a try. I think you read Roberts comment the wrong way. He said it was awesome and never again would he buy pea soup in a can

  13. robert western says:

    just got this done, except I added 1.5 cups of potatos. never again will I buy pea soap in a can. awsome and super easy.

    1. I like the idea of adding potatoes. Come on Robert, there nothing like homemade soup! Plus you’ll have leftovers! Freezes great too! -Amy