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How to Make Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker

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Spilt pea soup is one of the most iconic and delicious winter soups out there. It’s hearty, comforting, and relatively easy to make. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover ham you might have from holiday meals.

How to Make Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-follow recipe for slow cooker spilt pea soup with ham, look no further. This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know, from what kind of peas to use to how to garnish your finished product.

Have you ever wanted to make split pea soup, but been intimidated by the long cooking time? Well, have no fear! You can easily make this delicious soup in your slow cooker. Just set it and forget it! In this post, we’ll show you how to make split pea soup in your slow cooker. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is!

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Are dried peas nutritious?


Absolutely! Dried peas are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. They’re also low in fat and calories. All of these benefits make dried split peas an excellent choice for a healthy meal.

How long do dried peas last?

Dried peas can last for up to a year if stored properly in an airtight container. For longer shelf life, store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to Make Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker ingredients

Split Pea Soup Ingredients:

  • Dry split peas – these are inexpensive and easy to find. You can go with green or yellow dried peas
  • Cooked diced ham – you can also use smoked sausage, bacon, or any other diced meat
  • Onion – this adds a nice sweetness to the soup. We usually go with a yellow onion
  • Carrots – these add texture and sweetness
  • Bay leaf – this provides a nice herby flavor
  • Garlic, optional – I think this is a must-have ingredient for added flavor, but it is optional
  • Celery, optional – it adds a nice crunch and flavor too
  • Salt & White Pepper – for simple seasoning. White pepper doesn’t show up in your soup like th specks of black pepper do
  • Water – this helps you cook the peas and make your broth

How to Make Our Split Pea Soup

How to Make Our Split Pea Soup

Layer ingredients in the slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft. Remove the bay leaf. Mash peas to thicken more, if desired. Serve garnished with croutons.

How to Make Our Split Pea Soup

What can you serve with split pea soup?

Split pea soup pairs well with a variety of sides. Consider serving it with a side of bread, crackers, or even a green salad. You could also add some cooked rice or noodles to the soup for added texture and flavor.

Ways to switch the recipe up:

  • You can switch things up by adding potatoes, celery root, parsnips, and/or turnips.
  • You could also add a can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce for extra flavor.
  • Instead of diced ham you could use bacon or smoked sausage.
  • You could add some hot sauce, or try a pinch of cumin.
  • If you wanted to make this vegan, you could skip the meat and use vegetable broth instead of water.

Split Pea Soup FAQs

Can I freeze split pea soup made in a slow cooker?

Yes! Split pea soup freezes very well and can be stored for up to three months. To freeze, allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it into an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to enjoy your soup, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Enjoy!

Do I need to soak split peas before cooking?

No, you do not need to soak split peas before cooking in a slow cooker. Simply rinse them in cold water and add them directly to your slow cooker with the other ingredients. The cooking time may be slightly longer if you haven’t soaked them first, but it isn’t necessary.

Print off our slow cooker split pea soup recipe here:

Yield: 8

Split Pea Soup in Your Slow Cooker

slow cooker split pea soup

Have you ever wanted to make split pea soup, but been intimidated by the long cooking time? Well, have no fear! You can easily make this delicious soup in your slow cooker. Just set it and forget it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. hot water

Instructions

    Layer ingredients in the slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft. Remove the bay leaf. Mash peas to thicken more, if desired. Serve garnished with croutons.

Notes

  • You can switch things up by adding potatoes, celery root, parsnips, and/or turnips.
  • You could also add a can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce for extra flavor.
  • Instead of diced ham, you could use bacon or smoked sausage.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 596mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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