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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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  • 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

    No comment left

  • tedanytime
    Dec 26, 2018

    Similar to my recipe, but I use less garlic. And I use leftover bone with meat on and cook until all disintegrates. Serve with chopped green onion and asiago artisan bread.

  • angmclanc
    Nov 27, 2017

    I made this for supper the other day. Everyone loved it!!

  • Lkool62
    Sep 26, 2017

    Absolutely amazing...delicious!

  • SkitzoidLady
    Jan 27, 2017

    I love split pea soup, and I love this recipe because it is so simple. I've made it several times and have never been disappointed. Unfortunately, I'm the only person in my house that seems to like it. Drives me crazy because I always have so much in left overs. It's a good thing I can freeze it. My only suggestion would be to add a ham hock for some extra flavor. I'm putting this in the crock pot over night tonight, so I can have it for lunch tomorrow.