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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

When I have leftover ham in the fridge, I always like to make this split pea soup. Just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and dinner is done. —Pamela Chambers, West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup julienned or chopped carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until peas are tender.
    Freeze Option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat through in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Slow-Cooker/Crock-Pot Split Pea Soup Tips

Can you overcook split pea soup?

Split peas take a very long time to soften, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking them. If you’d like the rest of the vegetables in your soup to retain some bite, add them later into the cooking time.

How do you thicken split pea soup?

For a slightly thicker split pea soup, remove about a cup of cooked soup, blend until smooth and then add it back into the pot. One of these thickening agents would work, too.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

Split peas don’t need to be soaked, but doing so can reduce the cooking, which is great if you’re in a time crunch.

What goes well with split pea soup?

We recommend dunking bread into split pea soup recipes! Try one of our favorite bread recipes on the side.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 260 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 728mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 15g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.