Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

by | Feb 25, 2019 | All, Soups + Salads

Craving homemade soup? This fix-it-and-forget-it Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe is an easy way to enjoy a bowl of warm comfort food on a chilly day.

Two bowls of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham and two spoons. Soup is topped with shredded ham. Let’s be honest; split pea soup will never win any beauty contests.

Fortunately what this soup lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for in fantastic flavor. If you’re a split pea soup fan (like me), you’ll loooove the convenience of this dump and stir version of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham.

Let’s start with the obvious question: what are split peas? 

Split peas are actually peeled, dried peas that have been split in half. These are not your average garden pea; they are a special variety that are grown just for drying purposes. 

So what makes split peas so special? 

They are nutritional powerhouses! Split peas are surprisingly high in protein and fiber for their petite size. They are also a nutrient-dense, meaning they are packed with vitamins and minerals while being relatively low in calories. You get a lot of bang for your buck with these little guys. 

Two bowls of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham. Surrounded by toasted crostini pieces and salt and pepper shakers. Soup is topped with shredded ham. How to make Split Pea Soup in the slow cooker

The ingredient list for this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham is pretty straight forward: dried split peas, carrots, celery, onion, chicken broth, ham hocks and a few seasonings. Simply dump the ingredients into your slow cooker and give them a quick stir. That’s all that is needed to jumpstart the goodness.

The result of your 10 minutes of “work” is a pot full of savory, smoky deliciousness. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is if you should enjoy it right away or freeze it for another day. (Delayed gratification is overrated, in my opinion.)

What kind of ham do you use for this Split Pea Soup recipe?

I highly recommend seeking out smoked ham hocks for this recipe. They were readily available at my local grocery store.

Though not pretty to look at (I’m sensing a theme here), I love the additional layer of flavor that they smokiness adds to the soup. Plus you can pluck the extra meat from them to use as garnish for the soup. A leftover ham bone works great, too, but I don’t usually have that on hand. 

Note: You can make this soup without the ham, but you’ll definitely want to amp up the herbs and veggies to make up for the depth of flavor the ham brings to the party. 

Add this Split Pea Soup with Ham to a soup buffet!

I love including this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham on a buffet of soups for entertaining. Mix up the flavors and include a white chicken chili and an Italian wedding soup, too. All you need to do is grab a few loaves of crusty bread and you have an easy way to serve a crowd of diverse tastes.

Hosting a large group doesn’t get much easier than that!

Two white bowls of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham on a dark wood background. Garnished with extra ham.

Have leftover split peas? Try some of these other yummy recipes:

Lemony Yellow Split Pea Side Dish with Garlic and Ginger – Kalyn’s Kitchen

Eggplant Potato Curry with Turmeric Split Pea Rice and Spiced Yogurt Soup – Eats Well with Others

Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage – Pressure Cooking Today

Collage picture of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Two bowls of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham and two spoons. Soup is topped with shredded ham.

This belly-warming Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods during chilly weather. It freezes well, too. Great for groups and soup buffets!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried split peas, rinsed
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 ham hocks (about 1 1/2 pounds)


  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker; gently stir. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Remove the bay leaf from the soup and discard. Pull ham hocks out of soup and remove remaining meat from ham hocks. Reserve meat.
  3. At this point, you can either remove a few cups of the soup, puree in the blender and return to the slow cooker or use your immersion blender for 10 seconds to puree the soup slightly. (I like my soup a bit chunky. Puree to your personal preference.) Stir the reserved ham back into the soup and serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1135mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

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    I’m all about slow cooker recipes, soups and chilis right about now. . love this recipe! Pinned!! Looks delish!

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      Me, too, Alice. Slow cooker everything!

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      Comfort in a bowl….I love that!

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    My Mom used to make this soup when I was growing up. I will definitley give this a try. I remember how wonderful the house would smell when I would come home.

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      I love that your mom used to make this soup. Hope it brings back fond memories for you!

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      I hope you love it, too, Melissa!

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    I suppose I am good at making donuts. Can we make a donut and soup swap? 🙂

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      Donut swap? For soup? DONE!! I’ll be over in 5. 😉

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    1. I LOVE those bowls and 2. Ham and pea soup was a fav growing up, but I haven’t made it in ages….I need this! Pinned!

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      I’m amazed at how many people had this soup growing up as I never did. Love that. Thanks for the pin, Taylor!

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    This looks wonderful. I’m going to try this ASAP as I have some leftover ham that I need to use up. Printing, pinning and stumbling 🙂

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      Gosh, thanks for the love, Renee. P.S. It’s a super tasty way to use up leftover ham!

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    You don’t know how good this sounds to me right now! There’s a chill in the air and it makes me crave soup! Split pea soup is a personal favorite, I may have to make this just for me.

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      No to cold, but yes to soup!

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    Loving this! Love Split Pea soup and have been feeling I need to get more going in my slow cooker. Thanks for the nudge!

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      Since tomorrow is the first day of fall, you’re just in time for all things slow cooker, Toni!

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    I used to have this weird aversion to split-pea soup, BUT not that I’m an adult I lovvveee it!!

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    This soup looks so yummy and comforting. Love the bowls by the way!

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    Great food for cold days, almost the same as “Yellow Peas” here in Denmark. I really love the bowls too, could you please tell what brand they are or where to buy them ?

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      Hi Steffen, I bought the bowls from Crate & Barrel years ago. I’d be surprised if they still carry a version of them, but hopefully you can find something similar! P.S. Thanks for your note.

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    Awesomeness split pea soup with ham! Itlooked soooo good, I had to try and make them. I used your suggestion and used 6 cups chicken broth. Thx for sharing!

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    What a fabulous recipe and blogger feature! Those split pea soup is killin’ me. Thanks for sharing! Happy Independence Day!

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    Legit speechless, that split pea soup recipe looks unreal! Definitely I will make it on the weekend for my family.

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    Thanks for the shout-out! I’m a huge fan of split pea soup of all kinds.

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    Hi Anna, Thanks for breaking this down where a newbie can understand. I too wasn’t familiar with those split pea soup at all, so this is very helpful.

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    I love slow cooker recipes, this dish is absolutely the perfect combination of scrumptious and healthy! Thank you for sharing.

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    your recipes is very smart and beautiful.

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    Excellent flavor love my slow cooker soups and this one is so perfect for cold weather. Great taste and so easy to make, gotta try it…

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    I made this for supper the other day. Everyone loved it!!

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    Made this today – holy moly! So flavorful, and my hubby and son both went in for seconds! (OK, so did I!!)

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      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    This was delicious! We made it after Easter to use up the ham. My husband loves pea soup and he gave this a ‘thumbs up’!

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    The slow cooker/pea soup combination NEVER disappoints! Thanks for the recipe!

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    This was tasty! We made it after Easter to go through the ham. My sibling cherishes pea soup and he gave this an ‘approval’!


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