Crockpot Split Pea Soup

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Crockpot Split Pea Soup

Crockpot Split Pea Soup is one of those nostaligic recipes for me. I first enjoyed this delicious creamy soup in elementary school at a friends house and I immediately loved it!

Plus I always felt green eggs and ham vibes because of the vibrant color of the soup. 

This freezer meal is designed to take the ease of split pea soup to a whole new level. Whether you enjoy using the slow cooker, crock pot or instant pot this recipe can be made in minutes.

One of the best moments when you make crockpot split pea soup is when its finished and time to stir. I love this part because as I stir all the goodness of the soup together it gets creamy and beauitufl. Thats when you know its perfect, when your split peas turn into a creamy texture and enhance the flavor of your slow cooker split pea soup recipe.

This healthy split pea soup crock pot recipe is clean with all natural ingredients. 

Make it vegetarian easily by leaving out the ham. Its super diet friendly no matter what your sensativities are. But outside of healthy like I said before split pea soup says comfort food in our home. 

TIP: Save the leftover holiday ham bone in the freezer to make soups like this one!

This split pea soup slow cooker recipe has been tested over years so that it could be perfected for you. Only the best! 5 minutes to prep, cooks for you and a delicious budget friendly family dinner is ready to go. 

p.s. don’t forget to add cheese, its my favorite part. 

 Why you will love this crockpot split pea soup recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is split pea soup healthy?

Yes! Split pea soup is healthy. There is so much confusing about what is healthy and what is not. Thats because everyone is different and the diet that works well for one person may not work well for another. 
Let me share my reason why I beleive split pea soup is a healthy recipe. This dairy free crockpot split pea soup recipe is made with only all natural ingredients. It is therefore clean and preservative free. Our family focus on health onvolves eating as many foods as close to original ingredients as possible. 
This is a wonderful healthy creamy soup that you will love.
*For those needing a low calorie diet this soup may not be optimum but can still be enjoyed in healthy portions. 

Ingredients you will need for this healthy split pea soup recipe slow cooker friendly.

  • carrots
  • yellow onions
  • garlic powder
  • water
  • chicken broth (or broth of preference)
  • ham bone
  • dried split peas
  • salt
  • thyme
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning

Health Benefits of Split Pea Soup

Split peas are full of healthy nutrients that are good for your body. Some of those nutrients include vitamins and other minerals as follows:
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

Split peas are also an amazing source of protein and fiber coming in at about 231 calories per cup. This may not be a super low calorie option but if enjoyed in portion split peas are a great way to fill you up with a healthy ingredient. 


Other health benefits of split peas.

Split peas (and many other legumes) are shown to 
  • reduce the risk of some cancers
  • aid in weight loss
  • reduce the risk of heart disease
  • reduce the risk of chronic illness

Making this soup a great option to improve your health while enjoying a super creamy, affordable and easy soup. Plus It’s creamy without the dairy making this crockpot split pea soup a great option for those who are dairy free.

How to make this split pea soup recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of meat can I use?

I prefer to use ham steak cut up into small cubes or leftover holiday ham. Using a ham bone is optional but I love the added flavor. I haven’t tried this recipe using any other type of meat and am not sure that another meat would be preferred. 

You can also easily make this recipe without the ham bone and only using ham or skip the meat entirely and enjoy a healthy vegetarian split pea soup. 

What to serve with this savory sloppy joe recipe?

Serve with any of your favorite sides. I love serving with a potato salad and fresh slaw. Or a fresh bowl of soup is also a great fresh option at any dinner. Maybe add in some artisan bread for dipping. Sour dough is always my favorite. 

How to store this crockpot split pea soup recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this split pea soup recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot for this split pea soup recipe instead?

Of course! There are directions below for instant pot split pea soup. If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this (instant pot or slow cooker) split pea soup Recipe? 👇 

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5 from 4 votes

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

Homemade healthy crockpot split pea soup. This healthydinner is easy to make and can be cooked in the slow cooker or instant potsplit pea soup.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crockpot Split Pea Soup, Instant Pot Split Pea Soup, Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup, Split Pea Soup Instant Pot
Servings: 8
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, diced
  • 2 cup Water
  • 4 cup Broth of preference (I used Veggie Broth)
  • 16 oz Ham Steak, diced into small pieces
  • 1 Ham Bone (Leftover holiday ham? Freeze the bone and save it for this soup!)
  • 16 oz Dried Peas
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning


  • In large Dutch oven or pot sauté chopped onions and carrots in olive oil for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add diced Garlic cloves to Dutch oven and sauté for one minute.
  • Add peas, water, broth, ham bone, and seasonings and bring to a boil.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer on low for one hour or until peas break apart when stirred. (For a thinner soup add more water and stir until desired texture is reached)
  • Remove ham bone and stir! Peas should easily break apart and soup should become creamy as you stir. (Optional: Blend half of soup mixture in high speed blender for a thinner soupy texture. I prefer pea soup to be thick and chunky so I like it without blending).
  • If you wanna get a little adventurous try topping off your pea soup with cheese! Its soooooo worth the dairy. Enjoy!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label freezer bag with recipe name, cooking directions and expiration date (today's date plus three months)
  • Add all ingredients, except the broth and water, into labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

(Slow Cooker) Cooking Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok)
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker then add water and broth into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours
  • Stir, split peas should break apart as you stir to give a silky smooth consistency. Optional: If soup is too thick add water and stir until you acheive desired texture.
  • If not dairy free garnish with cheese and enjoy!

(Instant Pot) Cooking Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok)
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into instant pot then add water and broth into the instant pot.
  • Close lid of instant pot and be sure vent is sealed. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • NPR for 15 minutes then quick release. If using ham bone remove from soup and then stir. Split peas should break apart as you stir to give a silky smooth consistency. Optional: If the soup is too thick add water and stir until you achieve the desired texture.
  • If not dairy-free garnish with cheese and enjoy!


  1. If your soup comes out to thick or an unwanted texture then be sure to add water until you reach the desired consistency. 
  2. Hambone is optional. It will give you a very deep earthy ham taste which I love but some people are not a fan. If you want less ham but still the flavor skip the bone and just add the ham meat. 
  3. Easily made vegetarian using veggie broth and omitting the ham. Still delicious and full of flavor soup. 

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker or instant pot and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time to the slow cooker if completely frozen when cooking).

Yes, as long as portioned correctly diabetics can have split peas since split peas are somewhat low in carbohydrates (coming in at about 231 calories per cup). 

Split peas also have a lower glycemic index then some other legumes. 

It’s as easy as throwing the ingredients into the slow cooker or instant pot. If you are making a freezer meal then double or triple the recipe so you can make 3 dinners in only a couple of minutes, all ready to go from freezer to slow cooker in seconds so dinner can cook for you. 

Instant pot pea soup is great for one of those last minute dinner nights. 

A serving size assumes 1 cup of split pea soup at 140 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. This split pea soup instant pot recipe is a great dinner for the family, plus it’s healthy.

If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here! You will love this pressure cooker split pea soup. 

Yes. The key is to be sure you have enough liquid in the recipe using peas. Peas over time will soak up a lot of water so if there is not enough your peas and recipe will dry up quickly.

As long as you have enough liquid the peas will give you a smooth silky texture to this amazing split pea soup in instant pot or slow cooker. 

Nope. Unlike many other legumes, dried split peas can be thrown into recipes dry and do not have to be presoaked. 

Yes. Especially for vegetarians or plant-based diets. This rich protein food can be a great aid to weight loss.

Be sure to use wisdom follow you dietary requirements and protein control. This is a great soup that is filling because of the protein and also having many health benefits. 


There are 17 grams of protein in split peas, compared to 19 grams of protein in lentils. Both are high in fiber promoting great digestive health and cholesterol control. So both are a great health choice. 

There are many diabetic friendly soups. many of them will be rich in vegetables. This split pea soup when eaten in proper portions is a great healthy soup choice for diabetics. 

If you are cooking this split pea soup in the slow cooker you will want to cook your split peas for 6-8 hours. 

If you are cooking this split pea soup pressure cooker then you wont need nearly as much time. Check recipe card above for specific cook time directions. 

There may be a couple different reasos that your split peas are not softening. Even if you followed the directions carefully. If your split peas are old and expired then they may not soften, so be sure to check expiration dates.


The other common reason that your split peas may not have softened is if the water you are using is very hard water with lots of minerals in it. This issue may not be as common but can be an issue. 

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