simple split pea and ham soup

with this cold weather and snow (!!) we’ve had lately, soup has gone to the top of my list for cravings.

my mom used to make pea soup fairly often when we were growing up and i always loved it! as soon as the idea to try making my own popped into my head, i had to give it a try.


i decided to go with simple flavors and not get too crazy with my first attempt.

i gathered all of the necessary ingredients.


simple split pea and ham soup

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 5-8 hours


  • a bag of green split peas (16 oz)
  • a ham steak (~4 cups, cut into cubes)
  • a bunch of carrots
  • 1 onion
  • a couple stalks of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • chicken broth (i used 4 cans)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. since i wanted to use the slow cooker, i chopped all of the vegetables and the ham the night before and set everything else out.
  2. in the morning, i rinsed the peas, dumped them into the bottom of the slow cooker. then i added the vegetables, ham, spices, and then finally added the broth (vegetable broth or water would work too).
  3. cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  4. top with plain yogurt and bacon.


this was perfectly comforting and filling. i love that it’s packed with vegetables and has just enough ham to give it an awesome flavor!

i’d say my first attempt at split pea and ham soup was a success. next time i think i might try to make it a bit spicier or add some potatoes. we’ll see!


what’s your favorite cold weather soup?

this one was delicious, but i think chili is still my favorite soup to warm me up!


About sarah

hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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8 Responses to simple split pea and ham soup

  1. I didn’t even know there exists something as chicken broth from a can wow…I make my own. I understand that’s time consuming so you might not feel like it but a split pea soup is perfectly tasteful enough to not use any broth.

    • sarah says:

      i agree – i’d love to make my own chicken brother, but that wasn’t happening last week when i was craving this soup! i also agree that it is flavorful enough without using broth, but i had those cans of chicken broth staring my down every time i opened my pantry and i wanted to use them up! 🙂

      thanks for checking out my blog – i hope you like it!

  2. A Croatian/Slovenian turnip & bean stew/soup is my favourite winter warming dish. Recipe soon on my blog. It’s called Jota.

  3. Yes like your blog! Thx for checking mine too.

  4. My favorite soup is cheeseburger soup. I just made it last week and it was gone, literally, the next day. I can’t stay away from it! You should try it if you’ve never had it.

  5. Wow there are many recipes online.. looks like worth trying!

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