Split Pea Soup

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This split pea soup is so delicious! I never thought my kids would eat a healthy recipe like this, but they loved it.

Split pea soup is a delicious recipe to make when you have leftover ham. It’s a great combination of flavors. Split peas are very nutritious, high in fiber, protein, iron, and magnesium.

My children happily finished their entire bowls of this soup the first time I served it, which is unusual around here. I use the slow cooker for this soup, but it can also be made on the stove by simmering on low for a few hours. You can add more leftover ham if you have it, and adjust the seasonings to taste.

Split Pea Soup

This slow cooker split pea soup is a light, refreshing appetizer.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:4 hours
Total Time:4 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 3/4 pound ham chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 lb dried split peas rinsed just before adding them to the crock pot
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Cook the onions, celery, and carrots until just tender. Add the ham and cook for another minute.
  • Transfer the vegetables and ham to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours. The soup is done when the split peas are very tender.
  • Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup with an immersion blender, leaving some chunks of ham and carrots. This recipe yields 12 cups of soup.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1005mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2913IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 346kcal
Cost: $.90 per serving

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Split Pea Soup Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $7.16 to make, or $.90 per serving. Try this split pea soup for an easy, family-friendly dinner.


  1. Oh, I love split pea soup! It’s such comfort food for me! (MMM and with garlicy croutons? Yum!) Glad we got to party together, woooo.

  2. We are not huge soup eaters here. So many times I have to take a pass on awesome looking soups and chili’s because it’s just too hot to enjoy a steaming bowl of *anything* but we both love Split Pea Soup and I’ve never added Smoked Paprika, a favorite spice around here, which makes this sound really appealing considering all the leftover ham we have. I’m filing this one away in my memory bank because in the coming weeks we are going Lean and Mean and hitting our food storage hard thanks to some super-expensive expenses we had to invest in our Non Producing Garden. 🙁

    1. I kept the amount of smoked paprika light because of the kids, but you should pour it on more generously! It goes really well with the split peas.

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