SPLIT PEA & HAM SOUP from scratch! (Easy crock pot recipe).

Has it been cold and wintery where you live? A big pot of hot soup is a great remedy against the cold. Around this time of year, I love to make soup in my crock pot. What a great invention! You walk in at the end of the day, the house smells wonderful, and there's your meal, ready on the counter! 

I use my crock pot to cook chili, re-fried beans, roasts, and all sorts of things, but in the case of today's recipe: Split Pea and Ham Soup. This soup is loaded with savory, creamy goodness. Served with warm bread, it makes a delicious meal that's not only healthful, but frugal, too. It costs very little to make this large batch of soup (enough to feed a family of four at least three times)! But what I like most about this recipe, is that it's something you can make from supplies that inhabit most any pantry. If you're like me, you enjoy that good self-reliant feeling you get when you cook from scratch. You know what I mean: You reach into your pantry, pull out a few simple ingredients, and cook up something hearty and nutritious for your family--without running to the store for a single thing. Self-sufficiency. I love that! 

So what do you say? Want to join me in the kitchen to make some soup? Then grab your apron and let's get started!

Split Pea and Ham Soup

You'll need a 7-quart Crock-Pot for this recipe, but it's possible to use smaller size slow-cookers by cutting the recipe down, depending on the size of your crock pot. 


3 cups dried split peas
8 cups chicken broth + 1/2 cup water
2-1/2 cups ham, diced
3 medium red potatoes, cubed 
1 red onion, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 cup baby carrots, sliced
3 tablespoons onion soup mix (CLICK HERE for a homemade recipe)
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped savory
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled


Step 1: Cook and drain the bacon. Allow to cool, then crumble into bits. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve the soup.

Step 2: Cube, chop, slice and dice the necessary ingredients and place them in the crock pot. 

Step 3: Add in the dried split peas and seasonings. Cover with the chicken broth and water. 

Step 4: Gently stir to combine, then cover and cook on LOW for about 8 hours, or on HIGH for about 6 hours. 

Step 5: The soup is done when the vegetables are tender. When done, insert a whisk and gently stir with small swirling movements to cream the soup together. Top each serving with a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon bits. Serve with warm bread. 

Makes approximately 16 1-1/2 cup servings.

Serve with a sprinkling of
shredded Parmesan cheese, and
crumbled bacon bits.


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Let's chat. What to you like to make in your crock pot? Do you have a favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time...

Joy--Fearless Farm Girl,

"Farm girl: it's a verb, because it's what you do."

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