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Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

You won’t believe how easy it is to have seconds when eating this hearty split pea and ham soup with smoked gouda cheese.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowl

If I had to rate my favorite kitchen items, my slow cooker would be at the top of the list.

It’s not that I use it more than other things in my kitchen, it’s because a slow cooker allows me to make dinner when it’s most convenient for me to make it.

I can make dinner in the morning or early afternoon by just putting the ingredients in the pot, setting the cook time, and dinner is all but done.

I guess the one down side is cleaning that big old slow cooker pot.

But it’s a small price to pay for how easy it is to use.

My inspiration for making this split pea soup is not only because it tastes really good, but also because I was a bit overzealous when buying a ham that was on sale.

Let’s just say that I have an excessive overstock of ham leftovers in my freezer, and it’s time to move out that inventory…right into the crock pot.

This delicious split pea soup is made with a couple twists.

One is that juice from a whole lemon is added which slightly offsets the sweetness of the peas; and another is that when the hot soup is served, it’s topped with finely shredded smoked gouda cheese, and small pieces of crispy ham.

The soup and the toppings taste wonderful together.

Here are more soup recipes you may like “Roasted Garlic Potato Soup“, “Eggplant Supper Soup” and “Roasted Adobo Cauliflower Soup“.

Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

Sometimes I like split pea soup more on the thin side and sometimes more on the thick side.

This recipe is in between the two, not too thin and not too thick.

But you may have to adjust the thickness to your liking.

Leftovers store nicely in the refrigerator but you’ll notice that the soup will thicken up a lot after it’s chilled.

So when reheating the soup you may want to add a bit of water.

Serve this delicious soup with garlic bread and a salad for a wonderful meal.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ingredients

For the Soup – dried green split peas, cooked ham, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, chicken broth, fresh lemon juice, bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, pepper, parsley and water

For the Toppings – small pieces of chopped cooked ham, olive oil and finely shredded smoked gouda cheese

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Soup:

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ingredients

In a slow cooker pot, add the dried green split peas, pieces of cooked ham, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, salt and pepper.

Squeeze lemon juice into soup ingredients

Next, add juice from one lemon, and…

Add broth in soup ingredients

…chicken broth.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ingredients

Then,

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ingredients

stir together…

Add water to soup ingredients

…add water,

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ingredients

and stir.

Lid on slow cooker pot with soup

Cover with a lid and cook on the low setting for 6 hours.

For the Crispy Ham Topping:

While the soup is cooking, the crispy ham topping can be made…

Browned pieces of ham in skillet

…heat a small skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

To the pan, add small pieces of chopped ham and stir.

Sauté until the edges of the ham start to crisp.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a storage container.

Store in the refrigerator until the soup is ready to serve, then slightly warm up the crispy ham in the microwave, just enough to take the chill off (about 5 seconds).

Final Touches and Serving the Soup:

Split Pea Soup in Slow Cooker Pot

Right after the soup is done cooking,

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in Spoon

remove and discard the bay leaves, stir and…

Split Pea Soup in Slow Cooker

Parsley in Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

add chopped parsley.

Split Pea Soup with Ham in Slow Cooker

Stir together and…

Split Pea Soup with Ham in Slow Cooker

…serve while hot.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowl

Top with finely shredded smoked gouda cheese, small crispy pieces of ham, and garnish with parsley.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowl

Then,

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowl

stir in the toppings if you like, and…

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in spoon

…enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Slow Cooker Recipes You May Like:

Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Smoked Sausage

Slow Cooker Taco Meat

Slow Cooker Meatloaf with Seasoned Tomato Sauce Topping

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

You won't believe how easy it is to have seconds when eating this hearty split pea and ham soup with smoked gouda cheese.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Split Pea Soup
Servings: 5 (Serves apprx. 5)

Ingredients

For the Soup:

  • 1 pound dried green split peas rinsed well (and sorted/examined for dirt, rocks or bad peas)
  • 2 cups chopped or small pulled (shredded) pieces of cooked ham
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 container (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

For the Crispy Ham Topping:

  • 1 cup  chopped (in small pieces) cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Topping and Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup finely shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions

For the Soup:

  • In a slow cooker pot, add dried green split peas, pieces of cooked ham, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, salt and pepper, lemon juice, chicken broth, water and stir. 
  • Cover with a lid and cook on the low setting for 6 hours. Right after the soup is done cooking, remove and discard the bay leaves and stir in the parsley.

For the Crispy Ham Topping (made while the soup is cooking):

  • Heat a small skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add small pieces of chopped ham and stir. Sauté until the edges of the ham start to crisp. Remove from the heat and transfer to a storage container. 
  • Store in the refrigerator until the soup is ready to serve. 

Serving the Soup:

  • Slightly warm up the crispy ham in the microwave, just enough to take the chill off (about 5 seconds).
  • Serve while hot and top with finely shredded smoked gouda, pieces of crispy ham and garnish with parsley.

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4 Comments

  1. Recipes look great.  Can’t wait to try.

  2. Oh, those chunks of bacon on top look spectacular!