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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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My mom used to make split pea soup when I was a kid. I remember the summer of cold mint split pea soup – not fondly, but I do remember it. It actually was better heated up, but to this day I cannot get my head around cold soup. Mom spent about 6 months or so exploring variations of split pea soup – who knew there were that many.

I have made it a few times as an adult using the recipe on the back of the bag of split peas. I always ended up with green paste. Super thick – filling – but a little bit more like thickened pea pudding than soup of any kind.

I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning and when we got everything home and into the house, I ended up tearing apart the fridge and restocking it, ripping up the spare room pantry and stocking it and then I figured I would go for the trifecta and I hit up the chest freezer. As an aside, I’m so short I can’t reach the bottom of the freezer so in order to clean the bottom, I used a mop.

While I was cleaning it out, I found a ham bone and I knew I had another one in the freezer on top of the fridge. I had bought a 2 pound bag of split peas a few weeks ago because I did know about the first ham bone….having two means I’d better figure out how to make a decent bowl of soup otherwise what a waste.

So off to the interwebs I went. All the recipes called for broth along with water, which was a new ingredient. The rest is basically spices, ham, veg and water. It appears I was just missing having enough liquid.


  • 1 lb of cleaned split peas
  • 1 onion, chopped up
  • 2 or 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 to 4 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ham bone with some ham left on it, or some leftover ham, or even bacon
  • pepper to taste

Because I made this in the slow cooker, I didn’t bother sauteeing or anything, I just dumped it all into the slow cooker and let it do its magic overnight.

The ham bone was solidly frozen…..this afternoon, it was in pieces. Slow cookers are frighteningly efficient at breaking down food. Mine is quite old….probably more than 30 years old….and it cooks hot.

I bought it at a garage sale when my daughter was 3 for a whopping $5.00. It has been worth every single penny and then some.

If your soup is too thick, add some water or broth. If your soup is too thin, prop open the top of the slow cooker for an hour or so.

Just before you want to eat, pull out all the bones, find the bay leaves, and shred or chop the ham. If you were so inclined, you could take out the bones and meat, then use a stick blender to smooth out the soup, then add the meat back in.

Serve with some lovely sourdough or no-knead bread….or crackers, or nothing at all.

Also, did anyone know peas have protein? I had no idea but I was tracking macros on MyFitnessPal and had peas with supper. When I entered the food, I got a happy green message saying I had hit my protein goal for the day….I was surprised.


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