Slow cooker ham split pea soup is a longtime family favorite. A perfect winter soup, filling and flavorful it never fails to please. I love to make this hearty satisfying slow cooker soup when I have leftover ham in the fridge. Just toss the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and in 6 to 8 hours dinner is done. How easy is that?
Skinny on Slow Cooker Ham Split Pea Soup
This slow cooker ham split pea soup is chock full of good-for-you ingredients including – split peas, onions, carrots and celery. Packed with fiber, it will keep you full for hours.
And it’s a great way to put a leftover ham bone to work. (If you don’t have a ham bone, you can use a ham hock instead, or skip the ham bone altogether.)
According to my calculations, each generous and filling serving of slow cooker ham split pea soup has 271 calories and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus and 6 SmartPoints
I recently made this soup using yellow split peas instead of green and loved the way it looked and tasted. Which got me to thinking about more variations you could make to this really easy healthy slow cooker split pea soup beyond just changing up the color of split peas…
vegetarian/vegan – skip the ham bone and ham and use vegetable broth. Add a little olive oil for richness if you want, adjusting the points as necessary if you’re following weight watchers.
different – get creative like this split pea soup with bacon and tomatoes Mom made. Experiment with spices like cayenne, cumin, curry powder, garlic, ginger, mace, marjoram, oregano, paprika, turmeric… And vegetables, cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes or sweet potatoes. Change out the ham for smoked turkey.
stovetop – simmer gently on the stovetop instead of in the slow cooker until the peas are soft and mixture is sludgy, adding more water or broth as necessary, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
kid-friendly – skip the ham and add slices or chunks of hot dogs at the end.
- 2-1/4 cups (16 ounces) dried split peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 leftover ham bone
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups fat free chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup cooked diced ham
- In a 5 quart slow cooker, combine all of the ingredients except the diced ham. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until peas are tender. Stir well.
- Remove the ham bone and bay leaves and then stir in the diced ham.
For a thicker, smoother soup, puree half of the soup in a blender and then return it to the soup and stir well.
*PointsPlus® calculated for slow cooker ham split pea soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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Vegetable Beef Mushroom Barley Soup – A healthy hearty soup recipe for the slow cooker
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Spicy Slow Southern Style Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas – not soup, but a wonderful healthy southern side dish
Skinny Potato Leek Soup – easy and delicious with 4 WW PointsPlus Value
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