November 06, 2019

RECIPE: Split Pea Soup (in the slow cooker)

(I am currently revamping some recipes from way back in 2011, and making them easier to read and more printer-friendly. I apologize that this will bombard your blog feed! I'll try not to do more than a handful at a time until they are done.)

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Now... split pea soup.

Yes, it looks disgusting. I agree. However, despite how gross it looks, I LOVE this soup. If you ask my kids what their favorite dinner that I make is, they will (honest to God!) tell you that it's my Split Pea Soup. They request this all throughout the year. And because it's done in the slow cooker, you can just forget about it for 6-8 hours while your house smells heavenly.

split pea soup

Here is a printer-friendly version!

Split Pea & Ham Soup


1 (1 lb) bag of dried split peas
1/2 cup pearl barley (not the quick-cooking)
3 carrots, chopped*
1 onion, chopped
10 oz. of potatoes, peeled and diced*
1 (8 oz) package of diced ham
8 cups chicken broth (I use bouillon with 8 cups of water)
1 bay leaf


Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for about 4 hours (or low for 6-8 hours) until thick when stirred. Makes 8 servings, approximately 1-1/2 cups each. Make sure you remove the bay leaf before serving!

ingredients for split pea soup

*I like to cut the carrots and potatoes into rather large chunks because they tend to break down a bit while cooking and after stirring.


  1. Your split pea soup recipe is my favorite! The first time I made it was years ago after I had some leftover ham from Easter and I brought the leftover soup for my dad. He went NUTS for it! I feel like I should put this on the menu for next week ;)

    1. I'm so glad that you (and your dad) love it! It's definitely a favorite in my family, and during the cold months, we eat it at least once a week. It's a super cheap, simple, and hearty meal.

  2. I use my slow cooker a lot. I'm going to add this to my recipes to try.

    1. You won't regret it! It's SO good! And very hearty.

  3. I don't mind a bit! Bring on the recipes!

    1. I'm glad! I was planning to do a "recipe round up" of my favorite soups when I realized the recipes were all outdated and needed a PDF. So first thing's first.

  4. I told my husband that I want to make this for supper and he thinks it sounds gross. I think he's actually going to love it! And I want that amazing smell! Katie I'm so proud of your running. I haven't done it for @ least 3 months and I feel lazy and guilty. You do inspire. I will do it tomorrow on the mill. Winter came way early here in NE Iowa. Yuck!

    1. I just did it! It's been MANY months, but I ran 3 miles on the mill @ 2% incline in 39 minutes and 42 seconds. I hope I can do 3/3/3. The pea soup is so tasty! And my husband did love it. It won't be the last time we'll have it.

    2. I'm so glad that your husband liked it! Like I said, it looks gross, but it's one of my very favorite soups (or food in general for that matter) of all time. And so easy to make!

      Congrats on the running! And at a 2% incline--that's amazing. I have a hard enough time at 0% right now, hahaha.


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