BEST EVER slow cooker ham and pea soup – Cook Simply

Slow cooker recipes pea and ham soup

This ham and split pea soup is probably one of my favorite soup recipes. Not only is it really tasty and comforting, but it’s full of flavor. It really is a hearty and hot meal, especially on cold and wet winter days. And the added bonus is that it also has tons of vegetables, so if you have kids, and they’re a little picky like mine, they won’t even notice. And with this pea and ham soup, you don’t even have to do much, as you can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do most of the work.

What does pea and

ham soup taste like?

This is a really filling soup, and the ham adds a salty, smoky flavor, while split peas, vegetables, and herbs add an earthy, delicate sweetness. Split peas also have a creamy texture, so this soup is thick and delicious, with pieces of tender ham.

Ingredients for slow pea and ham soup - Simply cook

What ingredients are needed?

  • Yellow split peas
  • ham

  • or gambmon set
  • carrot
  • celery
  • onion
  • garlic
  • broth broth chicken
  • dried

  • mixed herbs
  • Bay leaves

What kind

of ham to use?

It doesn’t matter for my pea soup and slow cook ham recipe, as any cut of ham will work very well. You’ll see that I used a gammon joint [photo above] but you can also use ham hock, or even leftover ham. The ham will cook for several hours, so it will become very tender, and if you have a bone in the ham, it will be easy to choose it.

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Pea and ham soup with parsley and mustard - Cook simply

What are

split peas?

Split peas are

dried peas that have broken and are part of the legume family. They can be yellow or green, and it’s okay to use either for this recipe, however, I prefer to use yellow as they have a more earthy flavor. Split green peas are much sweeter.

Are split peas

good for you? Split peas are

nutritious and a great source of protein and fiber, as well as iron and potassium. They are also low in fat. So yes, they’re really good for you!

Do split peas need soaking?

For this recipe, there is no need to soak the split peas before cooking, as you will cook them slowly for several hours. However, I rinse them with cold running water to remove any dirt.

How easy is this slow-cooking ham and pea soup? Making ham and pea soup

in a slow cooker couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is chop the vegetables into thick pieces, then add everything, the ham and broth to the slow cooker. Then simmer for 8-10 hours or over high heat for 5-6 hours. Once ready to serve, remove the ham and bay leaves, then mix until smooth, silky with a bar blender. If you don’t have a bar blender, carefully add the vegetables and broth to a food processor or blender. Return the ham to the soup, reserving some pieces to serve.


slow-cooked pea and ham soup is perfect on its own, but it’s really not a proper meal without dipping a bunch of lovely crusty bread into it. This is a very submersible soup… For freshness, I like to sprinkle some parsley on top and give it a large tablespoon of Dijon mustard, for a quick spicy hit.

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Slow cook ham and pea soup - Cook Simply

Can this soup be frozen?

Yes, you can. Add soup and meat to a suitable container and freeze for up to three months. Be sure to thaw thoroughly before reheating.

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Did you try this slow cooker ham soup and split peas?

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