CrockPot Split Pea Soup

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This CrockPot Split Pea Soup is loaded with vegetables, fiber, and protein. It is very healthy, creamy and full of flavor! Way better than the canned stuff.

A bowl of CrockPot split pea soup next to slices of bread and uncooked split peas

CrockPot Split Pea Soup

CrockPot Split Pea Soup is rich, warm, nourishing and incredibly flavorful. It is the perfect soup to warm you up from the inside out on a chilly day. What I love most about making split pea soup in a CrockPot is that you can just dump all the ingredients in and forget about it.

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

YES! Split Pea Soup is full of vegetables, protein, and fiber. It is chock full of nutrients like potassium, folate, iron and Vitamin K. It is also nice and creamy without adding any extra cream or milk. Because it is packed with so many nutrient-rich ingredients, it is also very filling. 

Split peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, and a ham bone in a CrockPot to make Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup with a Ham Bone

Do you have a leftover ham bone from Easter Dinner, Thanksgiving, or Christmas? Don’t toss it out! This split pea soup recipe is the PERFECT way to use that meaty ham bone. The rich flavor from the ham bone will take this soup to the next level. Simply add the ham bone to the CrockPot with the other ingredients and let it simmer away. When the soup is done cooking, remove the ham bone and cut off any good, meaty pieces and add them straight back to the soup.

A large ham bone in a CrockPot to make split pea soup

Storing The Leftovers

As mentioned below, this recipe makes a BIG batch and you are likely to have some delicious leftovers. Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This also freezes nicely so if you make a full batch and can’t eat it all within a few days, freeze it in individual freezer safe containers. It’ll stay nice and fresh for up to two months.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Want to speed up the process? Throw all the ingredients in a large Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Make sure to add the liquids first so you don’t get a burn notice. Do a quick release, give it a quick stir, and you are ready to eat!

A close up of a bowl of split pea soup made in the CrockPot

Tips for Making CrockPot Split Pea Soup

  • It’s ok to substitute. I love all the different veggies in this soup. It is loaded with peas, carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion. But you can add or subtract any veggies you like.
  • This soup makes a huge batch, so if space is an issue in your Crock pot, I suggest cutting the recipe in half.
  • To make a vegan version of this recipe, omit the ham and swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth or water.
  • Don’t over salt! Especially if you are using a ham bone, a lot of that salty flavor will com out in the soup. Wait to salt until the very end and always salt to taste. 
  • No ham? No problem. Try it with bacon instead of you can just leave it out!
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use a blender or food processor to smooth it out after cooking. Be careful to do this in small batches because it’s hot! An immersion blender also works great.

More CrockPot Soup Recipes

  • Crock Pot Beef Stew – Crock Pot Beef Stew is the ultimate comfort food. Tender chunks of beef with potatoes and carrots in a thick, hearty gravy makes for a nourishing meal any time of year!
  • CrockPot Cheese Tortellini Soup: This Cheese Tortellini Soup is a flavorful, easy slow cooker meal. Tortellini, sausage, and spinach in a creamy tomato soup and slow cooked to perfection.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup: Chicken and Rice Soup warms you up on cold fall and winter days. It is also ideal for busy days. The ingredients go into the Slow Cooker in the morning and a nice, hot meal awaits in the evening.
  • CrockPot Vegetable Beef Soup: There are so many different vegetables in this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup. It is very healthy and hearty.
  • Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup: Our version of the Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup tastes just like the original. It is an Italian seasoned soup easily made in the slow cooker.
  • CrockPot Zuppa Toscana Soup: Many agree that this Zuppa Toscana Soup Olive Garden Copycat is actually better than the original! It has a creamy both base and is loaded with sausage and potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do split peas need to soak before cooking?

For this recipe, no. They simmer long enough to become perfectly soft and creamy. I do like to give them a good rinse before adding them to the pot though. Just to rinse off any random debris. 

How do I thicken my split pea soup?

I like to always make my split pea soup on the thicker side and add more broth at the end to thicken if necessary. It is easier to thin out the soup rather than thicken it. However, if you need to thicken your soup after it has cooked, you can stir in some instant mashed potato flakes (or leftover mashed potatoes).

How to Make Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

A bowl of split pea soup with sliced bread on the side

CrockPot Split Pea Soup

4.8 from 29 votes
This CrockPot Split Pea Soup is loaded with yummy veggies! It is very healthy and creamy and full of flavor! Way better than the canned stuff.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Equipment

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 ham bone (optional)
  • 1 package dried split peas about 2 ½ cups or 1 lb
  • 9 cups chicken broth if you like it thick, use 8 c.
  • 4 carrots coarsely chopped
  • 3 potatoes medium, diced small
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cups diced ham
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • If using a ham bone, add it to a LARGE CrockPot.
    A large ham bone in a CrockPot to make split pea soup
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for about 7-8 hours or on high for about 5 hours. Discard bay leaf before serving. 
    Split peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, and a ham bone in a CrockPot to make Split Pea Soup
  • Serve with sliced French bread.
    A bowl of split pea soup with a spoon

Notes

*This makes a LOT (serves 8-10) so if you don’t have a large crockpot you may consider halving this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1337mgPotassium: 558mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4130IUVitamin C: 24.8mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2.8mg

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  1. Currently making it, however, quickly after putting al ingredients in I realized I could barely fit 6 cups of broth in it without it overflowing. My mom
    Made the same recipe last week and she didn’t have that problem. I realized why- she has a 6 quart crock pot, and mine is 3 quarts. I wish you Had specified the size of ‘large’ because I would have adjusted the serving. For anyone making this- make sure your crock pot is 6 quart or larger.

  2. 5 stars
    I always make this after making a ham. I shove the ham bone in and after the time is up the meat literally falls off the bone. Then I take out the ham and carrots and shove an emulsion blender into the crockpot to blend everything else together, re-add the meat and carrots for texture. Because I use the ham bone, I don’t use additional salt. Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today per the recipe exactly less one cup of Broth if preferred thicker. Got two slices of pit smoked ham from butcher I cubed and it turned out perfect. Very satisfied and will be cooking it often.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve always had a hard time getting my kids to eat anything “green”, but they tried this & actually went back for seconds! Very rich & flavorful!

    1. You could use half water half chicken broth if you are worried about the salt. You can always add more later if it needs more flavor!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It has never failed me. Anyone I’ve served.it to requests the recipe.
    I do have a question. What is the serving size the nutritional facts are based on?

    1. Yay! We are so glad you love it as much as we do! It serves about 10 people, so 1/10th of the soup!

      1. I had same problem as person who commented earlier……my peas never softened. After nine hours on low and then four on high, they never softened.

        1. I had this same problem, once, realized it was because the peas were old. I have a problem with stockpiling food. 🤷‍♂️ We will never starve 😂

  6. First-time visitor here at the North Pole (MN) I have been searching for a split-pea/ham soup recipe for a long time. I found your site recently, read all the reviews and have everything all ready to go! Since becoming a widow 6 years ago, and homebound, I have had to retrain my brain from big family style to cooking for one. The biggest factor is that I am originally from Boston/NY and Italian!! I stick out like a sore thumb here in the Midwest. I love to cook, especially anything fresh!!! So now, I share my “Sunday Dinners” with friends. The temps are in the ’40s this weekend (May 19?) so what better time to make this soup! I will keep you posted!

    1. Yes please let us know! Thank you for sharing your story with us. That is so nice that you are able to get together with friends and cook a big meal! We hope this soup is a hit with them!

  7. 4 stars
    Excellent … made with all homemade chicken broth. Tried to post a picture but could not. Recipe is a keeper.

  8. 4 stars
    Excellent … made with all homemade chicken broth. Tried to post a picture but could not. Recipe is a keeper.

    1. We would love to see a picture! Feel free to post it on Instagram and tag us, that way we will for sure see it!

  9. Have this in my crock pot now, it smells good but it’s soupy and I only added 8 cups of broth how can I get to thick? Thanks

    1. It should thicken up by the very end. It looks soupy at first but when you stir it up it will thicken a lot. Hope this helps!

  10. 5 stars
    Wow, just made this soup yesterday. It is absolutely delicious. I love split pea soup and have never tried making it myself, but now that I have, I don’t want to ever go back to canned! I did not add the extra salt because my broth already had enough. Also, if you are getting your ham from the deli, asked for it thick sliced and 1 lb. should be just the right amount! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi Becky- thank you so much! I am so glad you liked this recipe so much. I honestly haven’t bought the canned stuff in years because you really can’t beat how easy this is to make! Thanks for such a nice comment 😀

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