Healthy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

This delicious and healthy slow cooker split pea soup requires just 5 minutes of prep time and contains 21 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein in just one bowl!

Healthy Soup Recipes: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Growing up in Southern California, my parents would always take my brother and me to Pea Soup Andersen’s for their famous split pea soup whenever we were in the area.  I loved going there because I was a big fan of eating at restaurants with my family and this particular restaurant had tasty bread and pea soup —  so what’s not to love?

Thinking about it now, it had probably been a good 15 years since I either ate at Pea Soup Andersen’s with my family or even had pea soup.

Wowza, that’s kinda insane.

All of a sudden, a couple months back, I had a craving for split pea soup.  I thought back on how much I enjoyed my dinners and lunches out with my family and had a pang for California and the past.  I decided I wanted to try making this old favorite for myself.

Naturally, I turned to my trusty slow cooker.

And, as always, it certainly didn’t let me down.

Here’s to making new memories, reliving old, cherished memories, and being healthy all at the same time.  And slow cookers. And, of course, slow cooker split pea soup.

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HOW TO MAKE SPLIT PEA SOUP IN A SLOW COOKER

I had actually never purchased split peas before so this was all very new to me.  I learned you can get a great deal on split peas in the bulk section, which is awesome because I will absolutely be making this recipe for years to come.

Wondering how to make split pea soup in a crockpot?

This split pea and ham soup slow cooker recipes seriously couldn’t be any easier.  You literally add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and then walk away while it cooks up one of the most fabulous, heart-warming, and rich split pea soups you’ve ever had the fortune to eat.

And, remember, I grew up on the stuff.

How to thicken split pea soup

I never ran into this problem but if the slow cooker split pea soup doesn’t have your desired consistency because you accidentally added too much water, you can easily fix it by…

  • adding pureed peas to the watery split pea soup and stirring until the soup reaches the desired thickness;
  • mixing 1 tablespoon of whole-wheat flour with 3 tablespoons of water and adding the mixture to the split pea soup. Stir until the soup reaches the desired thickness.

Now that you know how to make split pea soup in a slow cooker, let’s discuss what to serve with split pea soup. You can opt for:

  • ham – as I did;
  • pita or another type of healthy bread (homemade croutons are also great);
  • fresh herb such as parsley to garnish the soup.

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WHAT IS SPLIT PEA SOUP?

Split Pea Soup is a satisfying and hearty soup, made with split peas and, usually, ham bone or ham. Holiday leftover ham is amazing in split pea soup BTW. A sweet, smoky, comforting bowl of deliciousness, in other words.

What are split peas?

Not sure what’s the difference between peas and split peas, well, split peas are dried, peeled, and split in half peas that are used in various dishes including curries and soups.

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IS SPLIT PEA SOUP HEALTHY?

All in all, this is one extremely tasty, hearty, and filling soup.  I love how healthy split pea soup is and how good for you as well – just one bowl of this soup will not only fill you up, but it will provide you with 21 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein, among tons of other nutritional goodness.  Not too bad, my friends.

One of the best things, I’ve found, about making your own split pea soup using a slow cooker is that you can control the salt content and the amount of meat.  The split pea soups I’ve had in the past weren’t chock full of delicious, tender ham – but just dusted with it.

Fixed that problem and then some!  I also didn’t need to add a single drop of salt, since I used the natural saltiness of the ham to season the soup which worked perfectly. Love it when I reduce the need for salt!

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPLIT PEAS

Split peas, like other legumes, are packed with healthy nutrients that are good for you. Eating split peas…

  • reduces the risk of heart disease;
  • reduces the risk of chronic illness;
  • reduces the risk of certain types of cancer;
  • helps in weight loss.

Now, let’s take a look at the split peas nutrition to better understand the amazingness of split peas, shall we?

Split peas…

  • are low in calories – only 231 calories per cup;
  • are a great source of protein;
  • are a great source of fiber;
  • contain vitamins including:
    • vitamin K;
    • vitamin A;
    • vitamin B;
  • are rich in minerals such as:
    • iron;
    • magnesium;
    • manganese;
    • phosphorus;
    • potassium;
    • zinc.

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HOW TO MAKE VEGETARIAN SPLIT PEA SOUP

This split pea soup recipe is made with ham but if you’re looking for how to make split pea soup without ham or pork, it’s very easy to do.  You’ll just need to not add it in. You’ll still have all the flavor of the vegetables, and the protein from the split peas and other veggies.

To make vegetarian split pea soup, you can also replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

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HOW LONG DOES SPLIT PEA SOUP LAST?

If you store it in an airtight container, split pea soup lasts for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Since this split pea soup recipe makes quite a lot of split pea soup, you’ll likely find yourself with plenty of leftovers. The good news is you can easily freeze leftover slow cooker pea soup for quick family meals or in pre-portioned, nutritious lunches.   Here are some tips for how to freeze split pea soup:

Allow the soup to cool completely. Since slow cookers retain heat very well, you may want to transfer to a large bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool more quickly.

Freeze in either gallon– or quart-sized freezer bags or freezer safe containers for easy thawing and storage.

Leave enough space at the top of the bag to allow for expansion during freezing. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the top of the bag and seal securely.

Place the soup-filled freezer bags in the freezer, in a single, flat layer (using a rimmed baking sheet is helpful). Allow to freeze completely. Then, stack them on top of each other or standing side by side.

Thaw bags of frozen split pea soup in the refrigerator overnight.

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3 MORE HEALTHY SLOW COOKER SOUP RECIPES

If this slow cooker split pea soup made you excited about slow cooker soups, I have 3 more healthy slow cooker recipes that are just as good as this split peas soup. Learn more about them and get your slow cooker ready for more deliciousness.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is healthy, hearty, and flavorful. The soup is also comforting and perfect for weeknight Winter dinners.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Yes, you can make chicken tortilla soup in a slow cooker!  Yes, you can make slow cooker chicken tortilla soup healthy!  Yes, it's amazingly easy AND delicious and it freezes well, too! | A Sweet Pea Chef

The Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is made with fresh ingredients only which makes it more flavorful than usual and it is topped with cheese for even more flavor and texture. Get the recipe.

SLOW COOKER HOT AND SOUR SOUP

Another great slow cooker soup is this Slow Cooker Hot And Sour Soup that takes only 10 minutes to prep. The soup is healthy, clean, and totes delicious.

Slow Cooker Hot And Sour Soup | It takes just 10 minutes to prep this flavorful and healthy slow cooker hot and sour soup. With just 206 calories and only 14g of carbs per serving you can enjoy this comfort food without any guilt. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Only 206 calories per serving, 17 g of protein, and only 14 g of carbs in a bowl of yummy you can enjoy for lunch or a light dinner. Get the recipe.

CROCK POT CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP

If you love enchilada, this Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup is for sure a soup you’ll love. A lot.

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup | Easy to make and perfect for a cold day! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Rich, savory, yummy but low-carb and healthy, the Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup is a great way to enjoy enchiladas without feeling guilty or without compromising your healthy diet. Get the recipes.

4.7 from 39 votes
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup - Square Recipe Preview Image
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

This delicious slow cooker split pea soup requires just 5 minutes of prep time and contains 21 grams of fiber and almost 28 grams of protein in just one bowl!

Categories: Clean, Slow Cooker, Soup
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: slow cooker split pea soup, split pea soup, split pea soup recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 321 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 16 oz dried split peas (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 lb ham bone
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a slow cooker, combine the split peas, carrots, yellow onion, shallot, celery, garlic, thyme, pepper, bay leaf, and chicken stock. Mix well.
  2. Add the ham bone on top and nestle into the contents of the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours, or until ham is tender and easily pulls off the bone.
  4. Remove the ham and shred into bite-size pieces using two forks, then return the ham meat to the slow cooker, and discard the bone.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 1088mg31%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 20g80%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 5210IU104%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

98 thoughts on “Healthy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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  2. Great flexible recipe! I usually use about 6 cups veggie stock and 2 cups chicken stock just to bring out the flavor of the ham even more. I also use about 24oz split peas total to help thicken the soup. My suggestion to help emulsify the dried peas is to turn your cooker up to high for a couple hours and then reduce back to low after it starts to thicken. The movement from a low boil will break the veggies down much more quickly, and I’ve never had any problems with pieces of peas in the end result using this method. It’s always thick and creamy! I like to toss lots of leftover ham in this soup, and I shred the ham from the bone about an hour before I plan to serve. I’ve cooked it anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on our schedule. You really will have a hard time overcooking this soup as long as you had enough liquid to cover all your ingredients:) Foolproof and delicious!

  3. I didn’t have enough peas so added two russet potatoes. Used 4 cups stock and 2 cups water. I did need to add kosher salt at the end. Added two pinches 3 times as I tasted and adjusted. Used an immersion blender at the end.

  4. How do you put that together in five minutes? It’s more like twenty minutes for me with all of the chopping and measuring. Am I just slow?

  5. 5 stars
    Omg I love this recipe! I havd made a dozen times. My five year old requested is for his birthday dinner this past year. It is his absolute favorite. I am making it right now. Never thought I could make something this good. I havr made it in the slow cooker and only thw stove, just on the stove goes faster and I have to watch and stir it more. This Will be a staple in our household forever. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  6. Made the split pea soup today – it’s fabulous!! After reading reviews I was afraid of crunchy peas, so raised to high after one hour. Cooked 3 hrs on high and they are definitely done. Next time I’ll keep on low (like recipe days lol).
    Thanks for this great recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    I just made this and it’s wonderful! The only change I made was that I used ham hocks instead of a ham bone because that’s what I had. I was thinking of adding a little cream at the end but it didn’t need it. It did need a pinch of salt, but not much. I did cook it about 7 hours just because that’s how my schedule worked out today and my peas were completely broken down and the soup was thick and creamy. This will definitely be something I make again and again. It will be perfect to have in the freezer this winter after I have my baby!

  8. 3 stars
    I did not soak the peas overnight. I followed the recipe most of the way except that I didn’t have a shallot, so I omitted that. Also, I put everything in the food processor instead of dicing. I do think the sweetness of the shallot would have enhanced the soup, but it’s not a make-or-break thing. I cooked for 5 hours on slow and then I cranked it up to high for an hour because it was still looking soupy and the peas hadn’t started breaking down yet. Just turned the crockpot off and had a taste test. It’s a very nice soup…mostly thick and creamy, but there are miniscule
    pea bits that some other reviewers have mentioned. I could either have cooked my soup longer or mixed it in a blender (no immersion blender yet…its on my wishlist). I personally liked it “as is”. Tomorrow at lunch I’ll probably make some croutons or crostini to go with it. Very easy and total comfort food!

  9. I couldn’t actually find the recipe on this site, just lots of chat, so had to look for another one 🙁

  10. 5 stars
    Really good! I left out the shallot. Used half turkey and half beef stock, because I had that on hand. Cooked it until very thick and creamy. We like to add some milk when serving.

    1. the ingredients arent neccissarily important, put anything you want with it or just use split peas with onion powder and salt and whatever seasonings you want. I have yet to try this recipee but my mother and i both make split peas in a big pot. and all we use is salt, onions, maybe some carrots and ham once or twice, and your all-good split peas. also testing this recipee on High for 3 hours and low for another 3 to see if everyones problem of Split peas havent broken down yet could be solved with this method. My mother also puts in Ground Mustard or Mustard Seeds for green Split peas and Spinach for yellow.

  11. Thank you Lacey, for yet another family classic!! I make Split Pea w/Ham soup when ever I cook a spiral Ham. After we ruff carve and eat the ham with roasted red potatoes. I set aside the bone covered with savory meat for the following mornings crock-pot creation! My only substitute is 7 cups of water instead of stock or broth.

  12. Made it, it is good, makes a lot, I doubled and barely fit in my cooker. 5 min of prep is misleading, only if you have a bunch of diced carrots celery onions etc laying around, and no one does, 30 min prep time is more realistic

  13. 5 stars
    I first made this split pea soup with left-over spiral ham from Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. I’m going to make it again for tomorrow evening – great on a chilly winter night. I have one caveat on the preparation for this soup for those who may be making it for the first time – the stated 5 minute prep time is way off – unless you purchase all the veggies already diced and chopped and you can just dump them into the slow cooker. I found that preparing all these veggies took almost a half hour when doing it by hand. If you use a food processor that chops and dices I guess the time would be less, but not so doing this by hand. Anyway, still worth the effort.

  14. After reading all of this I still don’t know how to cook split pea soup, although I learned a lot of backstory about how easy and wonderful it is. There are no instructions on whether the peas need to be soaked, parboiled, or otherwise prepared before dumping them into the crockpot with all the other ingredients.

    1. I checked twice on first read. No pre-soak, necessary. Please always wash any dried legumes, peas, etc. Boiling does not remove dirt. Might, in fact, cook in with the boiling. A good rinse of peas is all that’s needed here.

  15. 5 stars
    Absolutely terrific recipe – delicious and simple. Thank you for sharing this trip down memory lane. I agree that the split peas take a little longer than the directions to break down – but I just cranked it up to high for the last two hours (5 1/2 hours total – 3 1/2 at low and 2 at high). Perfection.

  16. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to find this recipe. Making split pea soup for the first time tomorrow and as I was browsing Pinterest I found you. I ate ate pea soup Anderson years ago and it was the best. Thanks for this recipe

  17. 4 stars
    This recipe doesn’t lie. I made it right after Christmas. The only thing is if you like your split peas really soft and one with the soup, you need to soften them before step one. At the end of cooking they were crunchy so I picked most if them out (that’s a lot!!) and blended them into a mush. I also added more vegetables (a bag of vegetables for soup close to the end) and more ham and some turkey. Otherwise this recipe is on the money and will be my go too recipe.

  18. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. I will definitely be making it year after year (and in between.) Split pea is a favorite of my Grandpa and my fiance so I gave it a try this year with our leftover Christmas ham. It was heaven and SO EASY.

  19. 3 stars
    First time ever making split pea soup. My husbands request. I ended up leaving it in the crock pot for 12hrs on low due to our work schedules. He said the soup has great flavor but the only problem was the peas were still hard after 12hrs of cooking. Are the peas suppose to be soaked over night before being placed in the crock pot. Just seeing what I did wrong. TIA

  20. I had a spiral ham that we had today for Christmas now the slow cooker is going all night making ham stock. In the morning the crockpot will go outside to let the fat congeal and be skimmed off . Then i will pick the ham off strain the stock and freeze it for later. When later arrives I will make pea soup like she says except use a quart of stock and a quart of water will add the ham back in at the end

  21. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this delicious slow cooker split pea soup recipe! It has become my go to guide for a hearty to a healthy meal. Because I have have been on a low sodium diet for many years, I especially appreciate the nutritional information you provided.

  22. I made this yesterday……fool proof. I used my processor to finely chop my carrots/onions/garlic/celery. I used a piece of bone in ham 2.75lbs, and 2 skinless bone in chicken thighs (I wanted a meaty soup). Cooked on low for 10hrs while I was at work. No salt added, and a bowl could of used a pinch of salt but not much. I have this louisiana hot sauce that is kind of salty so I just added a dash of that to add some saltiness, and heat to it. Great base recipe, and next time I’ll be sure to add some type of sausage.

  23. What is the actual ounces of “1 bowl”? I see this has 49 carbs per 1 bowl so it’s not exactly diabetic friendly but if we know how many ounces are in your “1 bowl” we can adjust insulin to counteract it.

    1. 1 16oz bag of split pea’s is 13 servings. So depending on how many veggies + broth you add once everything is said and done, you’d have to break down the measurements yourself. As far as the carb count, I’d deduct the Dietary Fiber from the Total Carb count, to get he Net Carb count of 27.9 carbs per serving.

  24. 5 stars
    I substituted a smoked turkey leg that I had in my freezer instead of ham and removed it to pick off all the meat at the end. I also added some diced parsnip that needed to get used. This soup was fantastic. Everyone loved it and now I make it once a month!

  25. 5 stars
    I made this with yellow split peas and pieces of ham already cut up.
    It was DELICIOUS. Everyone ate more than one bowl.
    I’ve never made homemade split pea soup before but I will definitely be making this again!

  26. 5 stars
    LOVE THE RECIPE and made some slight tweaks based on using other recipes, but all in all an easy, great and predictable recipe.

    I used a pound of ham hocks and a pound of skinless, boneless chicken thighs. All my other chicken thigh recipes use bone in/ skin on, but in the slow cooker the knuckles detach and tend to hide well in the soup, creating little (surprising) chewing moments.

    i also went way longer, plucking the ham hocks at 9 hours, peeling off the skin and most of the greasy stuff, sliced/diced and put the meat and bones back in for the last hour for 10 total.

    Also, for sure at take some time at the front end to sort through the split peas for pebbles and odd looking bits.

    Thanks from sharing this wonderful recipe! Flavor, fiber, nutrition and EASY.

  27. How much meat would you say you get from the bone? I have some meat stored that I can throw in half way through, but I don’t know how much I should put it. A pound? Maybe half?

  28. 5 stars
    I’ve never left a comment about a recipe, but I have to for this one. Incredible recipe! Simple, delicious, it’s a meal in a bowl. Only thing I did different was slice my carrots rather than dice, and added more chopped ham at the end. Mmmmm

  29. 5 stars
    Great recipe- makes a lot and it tastes great. I read the reviews about altitude and crock pot setting before making this. I used 48oz of broth and cooked it on high except for the last hour. I only had one cup of peas so used a 15 bean mix from Bob’s Redmill for the second cup. No blender or anything else needed- perfect consistency and great ham flavor. Pulled all the meat off the bone and threw it into the soup. This recipe’s a keeper- thank you for posting

  30. 5 stars
    Hi, I just wanted to tell you that the picture of all the ingredients in the crock pot is really beautiful! I’m going to try your pea soup recipe today!

    1. 5 stars
      I just happen to have a real nice ham bone with some meat left on it. Your recipe looked so pretty, and sounds so deliciously easy, that I’m going to make that as soon as I finish typing this!

  31. 4 stars
    Crunchy peas could be a function of the climate you live in. Dryness of the peas is relative to the moisture in the air, so if you live in a really dry climate your peas will have a lower moisture content and could either use an overnight soak or a longer cooking time to get a good mush going. It’s the same reason breadmakers weight their flour instead of using a volume measurement.

  32. I could only find a ham shank, will that work? I’m not that familiar with those cuts. Thanks, going to try this tomorrow 🙂

    1. The ham shank works perfectly, however, after 7 hours my peas are still tough. Also, my soup does not look like yours. I had to use an immersion blender to mash the peas. Thoughts?

      1. 4 stars
        i find that 4-5 hours on high, equals 7-8 hours on low. i have 2 crock pots, 1 is about 5 quarts and one is about 8 quarts. i use the big one for quantity if i’m freezing the remainder. the smaller pot is taller but narrower and the walls are where the heat is. the bottom doesn’t heat, so small quantities are for the little one. to vary it i buy any ham ends, kielbasa, hot dogs (whole or chopped, salami, crispy bacon, smoked meats. most ingredients tend to dissolve and disappear after 4 hours. so i start with water, 2 chicken bullion (you can always add more), ham bone if possible (i’ll make a ham and freeze the bone and some meat until it’s soup day’. stir occasionally, use potato masher if needed but not until peas are truly soft. i add peeled potatoes (egg size), 4-5 carrots (canned, drained if i must), 1 stick celery, 2-3 onions, tsp. garlic powder about 90 minutes before serving. if i put meat and vegetables in at the start they can dissolve. you can add water or bullion as needed and cook without a lid to concentrate. check veggies aren’t under cooked. i let family add their own salt and pepper. dark and rye bread are great. stale Italian too. toast or croutons are toppings

    1. A cup of soup contains one cup (8 ounces). A bowl is 1.5 cups (12 ounces). A Bread Bowl comes with one cup of soup (8 ounces), from panera

  33. This is a lovely split pea soup recipe. My little guy woke up early from his afternoon nap, toddled right past me, which never happens, and marched downstairs to stand in front of the slow cooker making Mmmm Mmmm noises. We live at high altitude, and you’d be shocked how much that affects cooking temperatures, so I knew I needed a higher temperature to get mushy peas in six hours (maybe this is the problem some of your guests had?). What I failed to account for was the need for extra liquid at higher altitudes as well, so that’s something folks might want to keep an eye on depending on where they live. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. 5 stars
    Good soup – I grew up driving to Buellton for Happee and Peewee’s soup, too. I found this a little bland. I added about 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp poultry seasoning (to add the sage flavor). It was wonderful. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

  35. 5 stars
    Super easy to make,l just put everything in the crockpot the night before and put in fridge. The next morning put in pot and turned on . This was so yummy. Didn’t change a thing. Loved it!

  36. 5 stars
    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’!

  37. 5 stars
    First time making pea soup. I cooked it on high for 5 hours in crockpot. Came out perfect!! No need for a mixer. Delicious and flavorful!! Didn’t have to soak peas. Just follow directions and enjoy!!! LOVE IT! Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely be making again and again!!

  38. 4 stars
    Very tasty BUT you have to use low sodium broth! I didn’t have it, and didn’t use it, and it was like pouring the salt shaker down my throat. Also, I cooked it in a crock pot that runs hot typically. 7 hours and the dry split peas had not broken down yet. Thankfully I had a little time remaining before dinner, put it on for another hour or 90 minutes and the beans broke right down to mush. You shouldn’t have to take out the blender.

  39. I think I know what’s going on with those that have reported crunchy peas… Most split pea crock pot recipes recommend cooking for 4 to 5 hours on high, or 7 to 8 hours on low. I think folks will have better results with those numbers / settings.

    1. I agree . I put the peas in dry and allowed the crock pot to cook for 6 hours they were perfectly done. My husband the culinary arts grad also recommend when you take the ham out to use a bur (s/p?)mixer to make everything smooth and then put the ham back in. I like the texture. Also I stirred it 3 – 4 times while cooking.

  40. I also grew up going to Pea Soup Andersons. Had never made pea soup. Were we supposed to do something with the peas before putting in crockpot? The split peas are crunchy! I have a great crockpot and never have a problem. How can I save this big batch of soup? (There’s a pea stuck in my throat!) And I followed the recipe exactly! Help!

  41. 5 stars
    I have always loved split pea soup but have never made it. I followed this recipe exactly and it was fantastic! I saw some comments about crunchy peas and I didn’t experience that. Set the crock pot to high (that’s a six hour setting on ours) and forgot about it. Really, this recipe is GREAT!!

  42. Have you ever had any issues with your peas staying crunchy? I put all the ingredients into the crockpot and cooked on low for 14 hours – and the peas were still crunchy, not soft and mushy.

  43. I am 61 years old and have never used dried lentils! What caught my eyes was Andersen’s Pea Soup! I grew up going there with my parents for many holidays. Yum, yum. I thought they were no longer there. Is that wrong. Loved the place. I’m excited to try this as I have a ham bone left over from a church event. What were they talking about with the blender? What”s that all about? I’ll be making ti this weekend. Anything else a novice needs to know?

  44. The Nutritional Facts you included for this soup list a single serving as “one bowl”. Could you please translate that into Cups or Ounces? Thank you… looks yummy!

  45. 4 stars
    I LOVED your recipe. First time I made split pea soup. One note, 16 oz. is actually 2 cups not 4. It looks like a few other readers had an issue with this. The other thing I added to mine and I thought it made for a nice richness of flavor was a dash of powdered mustard and some marjoram, and I had saved the cooking juices when I made the ham originally so I used 2 cups of that and 4 cups of chicken broth. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be using it again.

  46. Yes with one hour left my split peas are still a bit hard too… hoping they soften as my husband is a bit skeptical with this soup, and i was hoping to pleasantly surprise him! So may try the immersion blender if need be. Wondering if I should turn it to high for the last little bit?

  47. The recipe calls for 4 cups of split peas but your video says about 2cups of split peas. I made it with the 4 cups and added more chicken broth. Still waiting for it to finish. Hope it turns out…

  48. Looks like a great recipe, looking forward to making it. Very, very annoying pop up ads while watching, not sure if I’ll come back.

  49. 5 stars
    I too stop at Split Pea Anderson’s every chance I get when on the ride up north and love the silky, tasty split pea – endless bowl option of course! That being said, this recipe brought me back to Anderson’s dinner but completely reinvented.

    My split pea based of Lacey’s recipe came out thick which I didn’t mind! I usually cook down my soup and add lots of pepper to get a rich, split pea-ham flavor. I was sad that the hambone I picked out from Whole Foods required a TON of work to get tiny little bits of ham. Be prepared, if you’re looking to get your dish as lean as possible, to take away as much fat pre-cook and get ready for a messy post-cook strip down of all the additional fat. The fat-stripping struggle was well worth it.

    Aside from the fat stripping from the ham, my only distress over the recipe came when I tried the soup during the last half hour of cooking – the split peas were hard and gritty! HAVE NO FEAR! Though this is not part of the recipe I would strongly recommend an immersion blender. Do not blend the soup to a baby food consistency. Simply 1-2 minutes starting and stopping, with the soup still in the cooker, will give the soup a smoother texture while keeping the integrity of the peas/carrots/etc. intact.

    My partner and I cannot wait to eat another round of the soup tonight, as we’re expecting rain!

    As always, another great recipe and don’t forget – freeze what you don’t eat in the first few days for an easy meal in the following weeks.

    1. Great feedback again! Yay for Andersens 🙂 Yes, I totally got the endless soups as well. That’s too bad about the ham bone, though – that’s never fun 🙁 Thank you so much for your input – that is very valuable information and I so very much appreciate it 🙂 Hooray for split pea soup!

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