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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is a great way to make use of that leftover bone from your holiday ham. Cooking it low and slow is the best method for creating creamy, delicious split pea soup.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 276 kcal
  • 16 ounce bag green split peas, rinsed well and drained
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped small
  • 2 ribs celery chopped small
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus additional as needed
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or more, as needed, divided
  1. Layer the ingredients, through the ham bone, in a slow cooker in the order listed. Add about 4 to 5 cups of chicken broth, just enough to cover ingredients. Reserve remaining chicken broth for later. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Stir occasionally during cooking time. When peas are tender, remove ham bone to a cutting board. Pull off tear the ham into small pieces and return it to the slow cooker. Discard ham bone and bay leaf. Use a spoon to lightly mash some of the peas against the side of the slow cooker and stir until nice and creamy, adding more broth, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
  3. This soup freezes exceptionally well. Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in microwave or in a saucepan on the stove. When reheating, thin with a little water or chicken broth, if desired.
Recipe Notes

The total cooking time and heat level have been adjusted since this recipe was originally published based on reader feedback. All slow cookers can vary so please watch and adjust cooking time as necessary for your appliance.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 571mg25%
Potassium 821mg23%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2630IU53%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.