Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

This split pea and ham soup turns out creamy and delicious every time, all thanks to your slow cooker. Salty ham balances out the peas' light, earthy flavor, while the potatoes slowly release their starches to create the perfect silky texture. After 8 hours of hands-off, crockpot cooking, this split pea and ham soup is ready to devour (although leftovers fare well in the freezer, too). An easy, excellent recipe to add to your fall/winter rotation, this filling and flavorful split pea and ham soup is sure to become a new favorite in your house. Top with freshly cracked pepper and serve with a side of crusty bread. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Layer peas and next 9 ingredients (through ham) in order listed in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Gently pour 6 cups water over top. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Step 2

Remove ham hocks from slow cooker. Remove meat from bones, and cut into bite-sized pieces; discard skin and bones. Discard bay leaf.

Step 3

Coarsely mash soup to desired consistency, adding additional hot water to thin, if desired. Stir in chopped ham. Divide soup evenly among 8 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Ratings & Reviews


September 28, 2015
My grocery store was out of hocks, so I used both parts of a smoked turkey wing. Otherwise followed all other directions exactly, and it came out perfectly.

Very good and easy

October 29, 2015
I made this yesterday and it turned out very good. I was worried after 5.5 hours that my peas were still hard and not softening. So I turned it on high for 2.5 hours and that did the trick. I seemed so watery, but after buzzing it with the stick blender it thickened up as it sat. Left overs tonight are far better. I also used a smoked turkey leg as I could not get ham hock. I liked it even better with the turkey! Will always make it that way! Thanks for a great recipe.

Easy peasy

November 09, 2015
Super easy slow cooker recipe, the kind you just throw everything in , set the timer and it comes out delicious. (You do have to chop veggies:). Couldn't get ham hocks so used 4 slices of bacon chopped instead. After reading comments, cooked for 10 hours but might have worked with 8 hours - will have to try.


February 03, 2016
This was a very good split pea soup.  I served it with homemade onion bread. 

Easy and Delicious

February 12, 2019
This is a great winter soup. I paired it with Cooking Light’s Basic Beer Cheese Bread. bread. Followed directions exactly and the hubby and kids all liked it.

Finally a Split Pea soup I like

September 23, 2015
I have always loved restaurant split pea soup...but when I tried to make it, following the bag recipe it never came out.    I made this on Sunday and now I have found my forever recipe! 


September 26, 2015
Found this recipe to be excellent -- used smoked ham hocks from my local butcher added a wonderful flavor, although I found there to be no usable meat to cut off when cooking was done.  Followed recipe as written, but after 8 1/2 hours on low, the split peas were still not completely cooked, so I turned crockpot to high for another hour, and then it was perfect. 

Pea soup

September 27, 2015
This recipe is very good


September 29, 2015
Easy and delicious! This soup will be a regular part of our fall/winter rotation.

Delicious and easy

October 16, 2015
Excellent recipe - great flavor and couldn't be easier to make. My family loved it.