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 to make 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 water, however if you want a soupier consistency add 7 cups of water, like the picture at the bottom. Either way it turns out delicious!
If you have a pressure cooker we just added this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe for you to use too, and if you’re love freezer meals here is how to make this crockpot split pea soup into a freezer meal!
What you need to make Crockpot split pea soup
- Dry split peas
- Salt to taste
- Leftover ham is great to add too
Crockpot split pea soup is so easy to make and a healthy slow cooker recipe you can make year round!
- 16 oz split peas
- 7 cups water 6 if you want it thick
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/3 onion diced
- 2-3 c ham diced
Add dried peas and water to slow cooker.
Cut veggies into med. sized pieces and add to crockpot. Dice onion and add that as well as a pinch of salt too.
Cover and let cook on low for about 4 hrs. Add you ham pieces, recover and cook for another 3-4 hrs. on low until peas are soft and the desired consistency you like.
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 crockpot tater tot casserole 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.
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