No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

This No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe Post was updated 1/16/17 with new photos and slow cooker directions.

This January I have been going thru some old posts, and taking new photos since my technology has gotten so much better. One of my kids favorite soup recipes is Split Pea Soup.

This is my Grandmother’s Recipe and I adapted it to make it a no effort soup recipe by making it in the crock pot.

There is nothing better than setting up your slow cooker in the morning and coming home to a delicious and nutritious one pot meal. We hope you enjoy her recipe as much as we have over the years. 

No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

Now that the weather has finally turned fall-like and the rain has seemed to find joy in falling in the Southeast, my soup pot has come out once again.

crockpot filled with dry split peas
In the original post for this Split Pea Soup recipe, I used an Immersion blender. My children have also started to enjoy it .
 I am not sure if it is because I blend the veggies, you can either use an immersion blender or countertop blender,  so really it is just a green thick soup or the fact it is a little sweet.
Now that they are older and don’t need to have the veggies hidden, we serve it with a little texture. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup does create a much creamer consistency then when made on the stovetop. 
cut up carrots, celery onions and slice of ham in crockpot

3 tips for converting a soup recipe into a slow cooker recipe:

  1. Adjust the cooking time: Cooking a soup in a slow cooker can take longer than cooking it on the stove, so adjust the cooking time accordingly. A good rule of thumb is to cook soups on low heat for 6-8 hours, or on high heat for 3-4 hours. However, keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the ingredients and the size of your slow cooker.
  2. Layer ingredients properly: Layering ingredients properly in your slow cooker can help ensure even cooking. Start with the densest ingredients, like root vegetables and meat, at the bottom, and layer softer ingredients, like leafy greens, on top. This can help prevent overcooking and ensure that all the ingredients are cooked to perfection.
  3. Adjust the liquid: Slow cookers can trap moisture, so you may need to reduce the amount of liquid in your soup recipe. As a general rule, you can reduce the liquid by 1/3 to 1/2 when converting a recipe to a slow cooker recipe. However, keep in mind that some ingredients, like pasta or rice, may absorb more liquid as they cook, so you may need to add more liquid later on.
  1. Rinse and sort the split peas: Before cooking, rinse the split peas in cold water and sort through them to remove any debris or damaged peas. This helps remove any dirt or impurities and ensures that the soup has a smooth texture.
  2. Soak the split peas (optional): Soaking the split peas overnight can help them cook more quickly and evenly. If you choose to soak them, drain the soaking water before adding the peas to the soup.  We have never done this for lentils or split peas. 
  3. Add flavor with aromatics: Aromatics like onions, garlic, and bay leaves can add depth and complexity to split pea soup. Sautéing the aromatics in butter or oil before adding them to the soup can help develop their flavor.
  4. Use a ham hock (optional): Adding a ham hock to the soup can add smoky, savory flavor to the split peas. As the soup cooks, the ham hock releases flavor into the broth, infusing the soup with a rich, meaty taste. You can also use diced ham instead of a ham hock.
  5. Purée the soup (optional): Puréeing the soup with an immersion blender or in a blender can give it a smooth, creamy texture. This is especially helpful if you don’t like the texture of whole split peas in your soup. Just be careful not to over-purée, as the soup can become too thick and lose its texture.
  6. Adjust the seasoning: Split pea soup can be fairly bland on its own, so be sure to taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme or parsley can help bring out the flavors of the soup.

How to Make Split Pea Soup in a Slow Cooker

Simply plop all your fresh veggies and ham hock or large piece of ham into a crockpot and fill with water. Best part, you can now just forget about dinner and move on to your other chores. 

No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe in a bowl with a torn roll on blue napkin

Seven years ago, we made this recipe with yellow split peas and blended it into this creamy looking “pumpkin Soup”. Instead of croutons, the kids used cheez-its to make faces in their bowls.

How to make a kid friendly soup

A fun thing to do for any meal they are not thrilled about. A great way to make a kid friendly soup dinner. 

No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

The joy of this recipe is that split peas are quick-cooking and the recipe can be done on the stovetop or better yet the crockpot. Enjoy my grandmother’s recipe but I have often just made the recipe on the split pea package too.

If you are going to blend the ingredients, make sure you take out the ham and then add it back once you’ve reached the desired soup consistency. 

  No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe


  • No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

    Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

    Yield: 8 Servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 4 hours
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

    A no effort soup recipe that can be made quickly on the stove top or over several hours in a crock pot.


    • 1 lb of Split Peas
    • Ham bone, optional
    • 1 Onion chopped
    • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic chopped
    • 4 Stalks of celery-chopped
    • 4 Carrots, chopped
    • ½ cup Rice, uncooked
    • 5 cups Water, maybe some chicken bouillon added for flavor
    • Salt, pepper, Parsley to taste


    1. Sort through split peas for any pebbles, etc. Wash or rinse in water thoroughly.
    2. Place in soup kettle with ham bone if using, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hr or so and then remove the bone.
    3. Add carrots, celery, and seasonings and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
    4. If using a Slow Cooker: Place all ingredients in the Crock pot insert, cook on low for 5 hours.
    5. Add rice and cook another 15 minutes.
    6. If soup is too thick, add more water or chicken broth.


    (This can also be done in the crock pot just add all ingredients except rice and cook on low for 6 hrs. Eliminate rice, and just use an immersion blender to make smooth and hide veggies from the kids!)

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    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 166Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mgSodium 450mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 8gSugar 5gProtein 12g

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What is your go-to Cold weather slow cooker Soup recipe? Would your kids eat Split Pea Soup? 

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  1. Love easy soups! Definitely pinning. 🙂 I’ve never added rice to my split pea soup before, my kiddos will love that addition. 😉

  2. Split pea soup is one of my husband’s favorites, he would love this! And slow cooker soups are just the best for cold weather and busy days. Yum!

  3. I’m a huge fan of soups in the winter, but I’ve actually never made split pea soup (can you believe it?!). This one sound incredible, and so easy to make. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Love comfort foods…like soup! Love using my slow cooker! This looks like such a perfect winter-time recipe!

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