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 Crockpot, 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 – Crockpot 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).

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

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

4.74 from 34 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

  • Crockpot

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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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Hi I’m having a really hard time getting the peas to soften. 15 hours of slow cooking over two days now.
    Help- my mom said maybe I didn’t buy them fresh enough? How am I to know that? I got out of bulk at Whole Foods

    1. That is VERY strange. I have never had them take longer than a couple hours to soften. I would let Whole Foods know that they weren’t good. Hope this helps!

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe of split pea soup. Has anyone ever made it in an instant pot or pressure cooker? I am new to the whole instant pot thing and was hoping to try that today to cook it quicker. Does anyone of suggestions on how to do this recipe in an instant pot? Thank you.

    1. I love this suggestion! I will have to experiment with it in the instant pot because I bet it will be great! Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it.

  3. Just turned on the crockpot. Can’t wait for 8 hours to go by. Looks great and already smells wonderful. I used a couple of ham hocks so will need to separate the meat from the bone at the end of the 8 hours. Also added just a small amount of already cooked and chopped ham out of a package from the store. Love Split Pea Soup and am anxiously awaiting a bowl! Thank you for the great crock recipe ~ makes it even easier!

  4. Thank you Barbi! I’m glad you like the recipe. I like your adaptations to the recipe. Adding marjoram and thyme sounds delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe several times and I love it! The only changes I make are I smoke a ham a day or two before and put the ham bone in to let it impart is amazing flavor and I wait until the very end to add the diced ham. That way the ham doesn’t lose all of it’s flavor to the soup. If there is leftovers, they’re fiercely fought over.

  6. 5 stars
    Hello Erica!

    I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe. Sooooo easy and soooooooo yummy (always better the second day too!). I really appreciate your responses to commenters, I used a 6 qt crockpot, and even though I had to leave out some of the diced vegetables and only use one ham hock, I was prepared for my pot to be very full. Going to try the potato basil soup next.

    Thanks again!

  7. so far things smell great and look great! On high for about 3 hours.. still doesn’t quite look like the consistency.. how long until it starts looking like yours? 🙂

    I am hoping that if I give it a few more hours it will soften up..

    Thanks!

  8. Does split peas soup freeze well? I love bringing previously frozen soups to work for lunch. I’m going to make your soup with the ham bone in it.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

    1. Ehh, I don’t know if it is something I would freeze, but I don’t freeze much. You can definitely try it and let us know how it turns out!

  9. I made this soup today and it was delicious. The only problem is that on low it didn’t cook all the way, I had to cook it down on the stove top for 30 min. I would put the crock pot on high to get it to cook thoroughly. Other than that it was the best split pea I have made and really easy too.

    1. I know different brands of slow cookers can vary in temperatures– sorry it didn’t work on low for you! Glad you were able to simmer it down and it worked for you. 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  10. Have this in my crock right now – can’t wait to have it for dinner. My mother always made this for me when I was a wee lil kid, has always been my fave soup. Your crock pot recipe inspired me to make it on this crisp autumn day. Thanks for sharing !!

    1. 5 stars
      Excellent recipe–I cut it
      In half but otherwise followed it-and used cubes ham –my husband loves it–he usually adds hot sauce to everything but he said this recipe was perfect as is !!!
      And it looked like the picture !!!!

  11. have you always made this with cut up ham? have you ever tried it with a ham hock? i’m planning to make this tomorrow and thought i might use a ham hock if i can find one but don’t know if it’ll make any difference.

  12. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your great recipe, you saved me, we had all the stuff but I hadn’t made it in years, could not remember how I used to do it. I have a great huge crock pot so this looked easier than I had remembered. Its the recipe I will be using from now on, for sure ! We will do it in the dutch oven over the fire when we are camping as well, Thanks again , cook on and keep sharing
    You can replace the ham with corned beef but we like the ham particularly when we get a good one

    1. I’m so glad you found the recipe. It’s a great idea to replace the ham with corned beef – that would be fun for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you!