Homemade Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I just love a hearty bowl of homemade slow cooker split pea soup. There’s something about this flavor combination that reminds me of my childhood. Use this recipe whenever you want to treat your kids to a warm dish filled with nutritional goodness.

slow cooker pea soup

How do you make slow cooker split pea soup? You combine onions, carrots, peas, chopped ham, and seasoning with chicken broth. Then you cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours until done.

Consider adding a fresh loaf of bread and a side salad to complete this dinner idea. My children love to dip their pieces of bread into the soup. So, I usually opt for something thick like a sourdough.

Whenever I have leftover ham – like when I make this Slow Cooker Ham With A Peach Ginger Glaze – this is the recipe I make next! What a simple way to change up my protein’s flavor.

crock pot split pea soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 package, 16 oz, dry split peas
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
how to make pea soup

How To Make Crockpot Split Pea Soup With Ham

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and heat on low for 5-6 hours or until peas are mushy and cooked through. Mix well before serving. 

This recipe serves 6-8 people.

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Tips For Making This Split Pea Soup

  • I’ve been eating pea soup for almost 40 years and can tell you that when you heat up leftovers, they tend to get very thick. If this happens, just add more chicken broth or water to thin it out. Problem solved! 
  • If you don’t have a fresh loaf of bread on hand, you could always opt to serve a few crackers with each bowl. A little crunch goes a long way.
  • If you don’t have any ham, you could use bacon instead.

Related: Ham And Pea Pasta Recipe – Easy Ham And Pasta Casserole For The Family

Can I Make This Dish Vegan Or Vegetarian?

You could absolutely convert this recipe into a vegetarian or vegan option. If you don’t want to use ham in this recipe, feel free to omit. It might change the texture and taste profile a tad, but the recipe still works. You will also need to swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

slow cooker pea soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours

I just love a hearty bowl of homemade slow cooker split pea soup. There's something about this flavor combination that reminds me of my childhood. Use this recipe whenever you want to treat your kids to a warm dish filled with nutritional goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 package, 16 oz, dry split peas
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth

Instructions

    Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and heat on low for 5-6 hours or until peas are mushy and cooked through. Mix well before serving.

Notes

Serves 6-8

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Whether you are using your holiday ham or using fresh cuts and starting off a new batch, this budget friendly soup idea promises to be a hit without keeping you in the kitchen for too long.

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