Here is an easy crockpot split pea soup recipe that is so easy to make and a healthy slow cooker dinner you can make year round! Inexpensive dinner and perfect when it’s cold outside. Great using leftover ham too after the holidays.
Once again I was looking for another meal to make with my leftover ham. I hadn’t tried crockpot split pea soup before but figured it couldn’t be that hard, and it would be something new to cook! Honestly I had never used dried beans for anything so this was really a new experience, but the crockpot was bound to do all the work (that’s why I love it) so it was worth giving it a whirl. It came out really amazing, here’s one of our favorite crockpot recipes. (originally published 2/17)
- The dried peas I found in a barrel at our local organic market, grabbed a few veggies in the produce section and that was literally all I needed…other than the leftover ham I wanted to use. I used this recipe as a base and adapted it from there.
It made sense that the peas would slowly soften in water while sitting in my slow cooker for a few hours.
I didn’t have the ham bone so I cut what I had left (about 2.5 cups) into large chunks and put it in half way thru the cooking process so the taste would permeate but the ham pcs. wouldn’t fall apart completely.
This crockpot split pea soup recipe is not only good and healthy but really inexpensive to make too! Seriously I only think I spent about $6, since I already had the meat. If you don’t have leftover ham you usually can find a ham hocks/shanks in the meat dept for next to nothing and diced ham near the bacon too that is already cut and everything for you.
If you like it thick like you see in the picture at the top then just add 6 cups of vegetable broth or water, however if you want a soupier consistency add 7 cups of water, like the picture at the bottom.
- Either way you make it, this soup turns out delicious!
If you have a pressure cooker we just added Instant Pot split pea soup recipe on our Instant Pot recipes tab for you to use too.
What you need to make Crockpot split pea soup
- Dry split peas
- Vegetable broth – can use water but broth is so much better
- Salt to taste
- Leftover ham is great to add or a ham hock
I love buying half a ham throughout the year though because we can get at least a weeks worth of meals out of it like our loaded baked potato soup we cooked this year, which makes it really cheap!
- I use my 6 qt. crockpot with a locking lid which is great especially if you’re taking this to a potluck.
If you like these easy soup recipes you’ll love these as well.
- Chicken soup in the crockpot
- Crockpot Italian wedding soup recipe
- Instant Pot barley soup
- Leftover ham bean soup
I have a video showing you how easy this split pea soup recipe is to make (I used water in the video but found broth is so much better):
Here’s the printable recipe for slow cooker split pea soup
- If you have a pressure cooker and want to make this FAST try our Instant Pot split pea soup recipe as well.
Crockpot Split Pea soup
- 16 oz split peas dry
- 7 cups vegetable broth or water, more if you want to thin it out
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 1/3 onion diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2-3 c ham bite size-diced, or 1 ham hock
- Add dried peas and broth to slow cooker.
- Cut veggies into med. sized sliced pieces and add to crockpot. Dice onion and add that as well as your salt too. (can salt at the end if you'd rather)
- Put your ham hock in the middle (if you're using one), or sprinkle your diced ham pcs. into your pot.
- Cover and let cook on low for about 8 hrs or until your peas are as soft as you'd like them. If using ham hock remove before eating and cut off meat, return to pot and stir into soup.
- Add more broth to thin out if desired - will thicken as it sits as well as become thicker the next day if you have leftovers
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