Split pea soup with ham is one of those meals that reminds you of the good old days when you’d come inside from playing in the snow and your mama would have a big, steaming bowl of deliciousness waiting for you. Split pea soup is not only tasty and comforting, it truly warms your body from the inside out. And since it’s officially soup season, this soup is currently top of mind in my world.
This recipe for slow cooker split pea soup with ham couldn’t be any easier to make. All of the ingredients are thrown into the slow cooker and in just a few hours – voilà – you have a soul-warming soup that will surely bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your tummy.
1 lb. dried split peas
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
6 c. chicken broth
1 ham bone or 2 c. ham, diced
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
Place all ingredients, except for the salt and pepper, into a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
If you used a ham bone, remove it from the soup and shred the meat before adding it back into the slow cooker. Season the soup with salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste and serve warm.