Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with ham, or without, is a hearty, delicious soup that is pure comfort food! Make this crock pot split pea soup recipe on a chilly day, or any time you crave a bowl of rich, flavorful split pea soup.
After rinsing and sorting the split peas, add them to the crock pot.
Add your choice of meat, if using (such as a leftover ham bone, ham hock, etc.)
Add the onion, celery, bay leaves, thyme, carrots, garlic, and pepper.
Pour in the broth and stir (Add liquid smoke, if using, for vegetarian method).
Place the lid on the crock pot.
Cook on Low for 7-8 hours, until the peas are soft and creamy.
When the cooking time has finished, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone or ham hocks, if you used them.
Stir the soup well, and taste. Add the salt as desired.
Serve hot. The soup will thicken quite a bit when it cools, that is normal. It will thin out again when reheated.
If you want a Vegetarian or Vegan soup, omit the meat, use vegetable broth, and try some liquid smoke to give the soup a nice smoky hint of flavor.
Calories are approximate as this will vary greatly by the type of meat, or no meat, you choose to use.