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Slow Cooker (or not) Split Pea & Ham Soup
with a side salad

Active: 25 min Total: 6 hr 25 min

Split pea soup is one of my favorites - it's comforting, hearty, and quite healthy. We make it super simple by throwing it all into a slow cooker (although you can do it on the stovetop too).
Smarts: This soup is definitely worth doubling as it freezes beautifully.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker (or not) Split Pea & Ham Soup:
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, diced
  • Celery - 2 stalks, diced
  • Ham - 6 oz, chopped
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Split peas, dried - 1 cup
  • Chicken stock - 4 to 6 cups
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Crusty bread - 6 oz
Side Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette:
  • White or red wine vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 4 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots / Celery / Ham - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Slow cook soup - You can first saute onions, carrots, celery, half the ham (the other half is used to top finished soup), oregano, and red pepper flakes in some oil for ~3 minutes to bring out the aromatics before transferring to slow cooker. However, you can also just combine all those ingredients with split peas, stock (add less if you want a thicker soup, more if you want a thinner soup), and bay leaves and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 5 to 6, until split peas have completely softened. (If not cooking in slow cooker, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and saute aromatics for ~3 minutes and then add in remainder of ingredients - minus the reserved ham. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 to 50 minutes, until peas are softened.) (Can be done night or morning before)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead).

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Make

  1. Heat or toast bread however you’d like.
  2. When soup is finished, season to taste with salt and pepper. Homemade soups can often taste bland and this really depends on your stock, so definitely don't be afraid to season at the end. Also, if you think the soup is too thick, you can always add more stock. Divide into bowls and finish with remainder of the ham.
  3. Toss greens with vinaigrette and enjoy with bread and soup!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (85)
Gluten-free (11)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (13)

37 reviews

There was too much broth, even with a 4 cups of broth to 1 cup of peas ratio. Slow cooking on low did not cook the peas all the way through. I think I made this previously on the stove top and was able to add liquid gradually when needed and was more successful.

By: Laura
Posted: Mar 14, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

We enjoyed the soup. I used 6 cups of broth, which was too much in my opinion. Next time, I'd only use 4 cups. Also, I added quite a bit of salt and cajun seasoning at the end to give it some flavor.

By: Christina
Posted: Jan 03, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I love split pea soup but usually I get it from a local restaurant. Not now! I can cook it at home and freeze the left overs to make it last.

By: Lonnie
Posted: Jun 02, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasted fine, but the peas took forever. I don't know how it would have worked without the immersion blender.

By: Stacey
Posted: Jul 13, 2015
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Comfort food. I used beef soup cubes. Try it next time with ham.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 16, 2015
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This soup was so good I found myself craving it later in the week. I was sorry I didn't double the recipe.

By: Tiffiny
Posted: May 15, 2015
Diet: Original
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