Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup

Comfort food at it’s best, this healthy, veggie packed Split Pea with Ham Soup recipe is simmered all day in the slow cooker.  A great dinner for a cold winter’s day and perfect for those of us trying to get a little healthy in the upcoming New Year.

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup | The Suburban Soapbox

It’s over.  Christmas is over.  I definitely have the post holiday blues, all the planning and decorating is irrelevant now.  All the gifts have been given and unwrapped and played with or worn.  It’s hard to believe how fast it went by.  Now I’m trying to avoid the leftover cookies and gingerbread tiramisu that stares at me every time I open the refrigerator.  And I, inevitably, grab a spoon (because they’re right.there.) and dig in for a quick taste before bed.  Every.single.night.  The madness has to end. Time for a healthy slow cooker recipe.

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup  | The Suburban Soapbox

I made three hams in December in order to perfect my Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham for you all to enjoy.  I hope you liked it…..because I have a lot of leftover ham.  A ridiculous amount.  It’s in the freezer waiting for a New Year’s miracle to arrive and throw it into some new recipe… this Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup.  This soup is splendid.  Mind-blowing.  Knee-blucklingly tasty.  My husband declared it’s the BEST Split Pea with Ham Soup he’s ever had.

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup | The Suburban Soapbox

I used the bone from my leftover ham…..which, in turn, was still covered in leftover ham.  That’s a good thing….the ham got all melty and tender while it cooked in the slow cooker, falling off the bone and blending in with the peas in perfect soup harmony.  Oh, and there’s wine in there too.  🙂  We can’t go all “clean eating” all the sudden…it would be a shock to our systems.  We need to ease into the healthy New Year with a little Zum Riesling from ALDI.  Just a bit, just to deglaze the pan and get all those golden bits to join the party.  And it added just the right amount of sweet to off-set the salty.

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup | The Suburban Soapbox

I hope you all had a very Merry holiday whether it was Christmas, Hanakkah, or Kwanzaa or whatever you may celebrate during the month of December.  If you ended up with the gift of tight pants, like me, than this soup is for you.  I promise it doesn’t taste like cardboard or mush…’s simply divine.  And you could even serve this with some crusty bread slathered with butter if you’re not quite ready to commit to the Victoria’s Secret Runway Model Diet of starvation.   And a glass of wine.  I’ll never give up my wine.

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup

Slow cooker, crockpot, whatever you use....this Split Pea with Ham Soup is comfort food at it's finest!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 225 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 vidalia onion diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup Riesling or other dry white wine
  • 1 ham bone or 1 1/2 cups small diced ham
  • 12 ounces dried split peas
  • 6-7 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over med-high heat and add the onions, cooking until softened. Add the carrots and celery. Continue to cook the vegetables until they just start to caramelize. Stir in the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the bay leaf, nutmeg and wine stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook until the wine is reduced by half.
  • Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker and add the ham, peas and stock. Stir to combine and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Taste for seasoning and add salt/pepper as needed. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 36 hours. The soup can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 0gCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 11gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 733mgPotassium: 541mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3030IUVitamin C: 4.2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker, soup, split pea
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21 comments on “Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup”

  1. As much as I love split pea soup, I’ve never actually tried making it myself! Loving this recipe!

  2. OMG this looks SO comforting especially on this nasty day! Need a big ol’ bowl of it!

  3. It is soup weather and this is wonderful

  4. Love split peas! Definitely some comfort here for those post-christmas blues!

  5. Oh yes, I LOOOOOVE split pea and ham soup – and I love that I can do this in the slow cooker. I’m so in the mood to hunker down with a bowl of this!

  6. I am not a big fan of peas, but I bet I would love this soup. It sounds amazing!

  7. Tis the season for all of the soups!! I love that this can be made in a crock pot!

  8. We came home after Christmas to a winter wonderland at our house, and now all I can think of eating is soup. This one looks so hearty and comforting.

  9. So nice and creamy. Having the slow cooker probably helps achieving these silky results. I need me a slow cooker but I’ve got no storage space in my kitchen.

  10. What a gorgeous looking soup. My family always makes a split pea/ham soup after the New Year and this might just have to get made before then. LOVE IT.

  11. This is pure comfort food! Perfect for this weekend – they are predicting cold weather here in New England for New Years!

  12. Love split pea soup and making it in the slow cooker sounds like absolute perfection.

    We have – luckily – eaten our way through leftovers but there are still some cookies left which I am trying to avoid 🙂

    Happy New Year to you and yours !

  13. Split Pea Soup and wine together is a must. Looks awesome!

  14. I need a big ole bowl of this split pea soup in my life.

  15. Now that’s my kind of comfort food!

  16. I’ve never thought of adding wine- I bet it really heightens the flavor. Love that you can make it in the slow cooker- going to have to add this to my “To Make” list.

  17. I am realizing that I have never had split pea soup. Yours looks divine. I think I will fix this situation quickly and perhaps try it out!

  18. MY hubby loves split pea soup although I never make it for him, love that you added wine to it as well!

  19. Split pea soup is one of our favorites. This looks delicious!

  20. This is the perfect January comfort food soup, when the weather is cold and all you want is something somewhat good for you but stick to the bones hearty.

  21. I love using my slow cooker in the winter. This split pea soup looks fantastic.

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