Pea And Ham Soup | Slow Cooker Recipe

A hearty and healthy pea and ham soup made using split peas and a ham hock cooked in the slow cooker until thick, creamy and with tender pull-apart meat.

A bowl of pea and ham soup with extra shredded ham hock on top.

In winter, I absolutely love recipes cooked in the slow cooker, like Creamy Tuscan Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Beef Stroganoff. They’re perfect for coming home to after a long day of work (or play).

In our house, pea and ham soup is an all-time favourite, and it’s even easier when you make it in the slow cooker.

A white bowl filled with thick split pea soup and chunks of ham on top.

With just a few simple ingredients, all you need to do is pop everything in the slow cooker, let it do its delicious thing, and have dinner ready and waiting for you.

This really is such a delicious and hearty winter soup recipe – comfort food at it’s very best! Thick, meaty and oh-so delicious!

I love to make a big batch of this slow cooker ham & pea soup, have it for dinner, and then have the leftovers for lunch during the week. This recipe is perfect for freezing and saving for later.

A white bowl filled with split pea soup with shredded ham on top.

Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe

Budget Recipe – This filling and hearty recipe makes a BIG batch of soup meaning that you’ll be able to feed your family and have leftovers too.


Perfect For The Freezer – Speaking of leftovers… this recipe is perfect for freezing. Simply allow the soup to cool completely and then freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Defrost and reheat in the microwave or stove-top.

A spoon in a white bowl of yellow split pea soup with ham, in front of a slow cooker

This warm, filling soup is perfect for throwing together without breaking the bank.

What You Need

  • yellow split peas – or replace with green split peas
  • ham hock – sometimes called a pork knuckle
  • carrots
  • celery stalks
  • brown onion – also called yellow onions
  • water
  • vegetable stock powder
All the ingredients for a pea and ham soup on a white marble bench

How To Make This Soup

Step 1 – Prep The Split Peas

Rinse the yellow split peas using a strainer.

Yellow split peas in a strainer.

Place the peas into the base of the slow cooker (crockpot).

Yellow split peas in a slow cooker.

Step 2 – Add the Veggies and Ham

Add the ham hock, chopped carrots, celery and brown onion. 

A ham hock, celery, carrot and onion on top of split peas in a slow cooker.

Step 3 – Add the Stock

Mix the vegetable stock powder into the water and pour over the top of the ham hock and vegetables. 

Vegetable liquid stock being poured into a slow cooker with a ham hock, vegetables and split peas
Stock, vegetables and ham hock in a slow cooker.

Step 4 – Cook

Allow the soup to cook for 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high. 

A slow cooker filled with simmering vegetable broth, ham hock and vegetables.

Step 5 – Remove the Ham and Puree the Soup

Carefully remove ham hock from the slow cooker. Allow to cool and then take off the fat and discard along with the ham bone. Chop the meat roughly and set aside while you puree the soup (optional) before placing the meat back into the slow cooker. 

A ham hock being shredded with two forks.

Recipe Tips & FAQ

Can I leave out the ham hock?

Absolutely! If you’d like that same smoky flavor without meat, you can add a little liquid smoke to your soup.

What can I use other than yellow split peas?

Green split peas will also work well, although keep in mind that they will make your soup sweeter than yellow split peas.

What is the cooking time for this soup?

Cook this soup in the slow cooker or crock pot for 6 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes absolutely! Let the soup cool completely before pouring it into large resealable plastic containers. When you’re ready to eat your soup, either place the container in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then reheat in the microwave or stove-top. Alternatively, defrost and reheat directly from frozen. 

How do I make this soup smoother and thicker?

After removing the ham hock, use a stick blender to puree it before adding the chopped meat back in. This is by far my preferred option for serving this soup as pureeing the split peas changes the soup from a broth and chunky vegetable texture to a rich, hearty, thick and creamy soup.

A spoonful of thick vegetable and split pea soup with shredded ham.

More Healthy Soup Recipes

There’s nothing better than a hearty and nourishing soup – whether you’re in the depths of winter or just looking for a veggie fix! Click here for a collection of my very favourite healthy winter soups. 

A collage of pictures of colourful soups in bowls.

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A hearty and healthy Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup that can be prepped in the morning and ready for dinner at night... the perfect winter soup! 

Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup

A hearty and healthy Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup that can be prepped in the morning and ready for dinner at night… the perfect winter soup! 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: western
Keyword: slow cooker pea and ham soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 249kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow split peas rinsed
  • 1 (approx 750g) ham hock also known as pork knuckle
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 brown onion finely chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tsp vegetable stock powder

Instructions

  • Place the rinsed yellow split peas into the base of the slow cooker. 
  • Add the ham hock, chopped carrots, celery and brown onion. 
  • Mix the vegetable stock powder into the water and pour over the top. 
  • Allow to cook for 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high. 
  • Remove the ham hock, cut off the fat and discard (along with the bone). Chop the meat roughly and set aside while you puree the soup using a stick blender (optional – see notes). Return the meat to the slow cooker and serve.

Notes

RECIPES NOTES & TIPS
Ingredients Info:
Ham hock – sometimes called a pork knuckle
Brown onion – also called yellow onions
Yellow split peas – can be substituted with green peas
 
Recipe Tips:
Freezing – Let the soup cool completely before pouring it into large microwave containers. When you’re ready to eat your soup, either place the container in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then reheat in the microwave or stove-top. Alternatively, defrost and reheat directly from frozen. 
Pureeing the soup – to make the soup thicker, smoother and creamier, remove the ham hock and shred the meat. While the meat is removed, use a stick blender to puree the soup and then add the chopped meat back into the slow cooker. Pureeing the split peas changes the soup from a broth and chunky vegetable texture to a rich, hearty, thick and creamy soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5285IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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7 Comments
  1. Gerry says:

    Simple and Awesome!!
    Enough said 🙂

  2. Pat @ Wholesome Kitchen says:

    Pea and ham soup is the best and this one looks so great, Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Judith says:

    Usually I make a lentil and bacon bone soup over Winter and it’s delicious. I think I’d like to try your soup so could you tell me if a 3.5L slow cooker would be suitable to use? Thanks. Love your blog.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Judith, that should be absolutely fine! xx

  4. Kirsty McMillan says:

    Just made this today and it was delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Had homemade soft pretzels with them.

  5. Brooke says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I have made it soooo many times. My partner loves meat, so I actually use 2 ham hocks, but everything else I follow to a T.
    Literally takes 15 mins to prep & throw in, and it’s done. So easy and so tasty!

    1. Lucy says:

      Oh that’s absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much!

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