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Split Pea Soup in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot split pea soup recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 - 10
Calories 312 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Green Split Peas, rinsed and sorted (unsoaked)
  • Meaty Ham Bone (or meat of your choice. See Below)
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 ribs Celery, diced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme Leaves, dried (or 3 sprigs fresh)
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 7 cups Low Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (Optional) for vegetarian version
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, add last, after cooking, if needed (1/4 tsp table salt)

Use any of these for your meat (or a combination of them)

  • 6 slices Bacon, chopped
  • 2 small Ham Hocks (Not very meaty, but add a nice smoky flavor and richness)
  • 1 Leftover Ham Bone (I like to use this with the diced ham)
  • 2 - 3 cups Diced Leftover Ham


  1. After rinsing and sorting the split peas, add them to the crock pot.

  2. Add your choice of meat, if using (such as a leftover ham bone, ham hock, etc.)

  3. Add the onion, celery, bay leaves, thyme, carrots, garlic, and pepper.

  4. Pour in the broth and stir (Add liquid smoke, if using, for vegetarian method).

  5. Place the lid on the crock pot.

  6. Cook on Low for 7-8 hours, until the peas are soft and creamy.

  7. When the cooking time has finished, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone or ham hocks, if you used them.

  8. Stir the soup well, and taste. Add the salt as desired.

  9. Serve hot. The soup will thicken quite a bit when it cools, that is normal. It will thin out again when reheated.

Recipe Notes

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.