Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Ham Split Pea Soup
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. Of course, you could always skip the ham for a vegetarian-friendly version.
Just toss the ingredients in a 5- or 5-Quart Slow Cooker, turn it on LOW 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, and protein, this hearty, tasty, nourishing soup 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.)
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Easy Healthy Slow Cooker Split Pea & Ham Soup?
According to my calculations, each generous and filling serving of slow cooker split pea soup with ham has 271 calories and
8 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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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...
Are You Ready To Slim Down With Soup?
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe Variations:
vegetarian/vegan - skip the ham bone and ham and use vegetable broth (affiliate link). 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 1-½ hours.
kid-friendly - skip the ham and add slices or chunks of hot dogs at the end.
If you've made this split pea soup with ham, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
Slow Cooker Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 2-¼ 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
- Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6- Quart.
- In your 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.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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If you like this slow cooker ham and split pea soup, you might also like:
- Leftover Ham Bone Soup - This crock pot soup is an easy and delicious way to use up a holiday ham bone
- Split Pea, Ham and Barley Soup - Hearty and satisfying with 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints found at Skinny Kitchen
- Gina's Split Pea Soup with Ham - Simple, healthy and delicious with 2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints from Skinny Taste
- Simple Split Pea and Ham Soup - Hearty, warming and filling with 4 WW Points+ found at Taste of Home
- Vegetable Beef Mushroom Barley Soup - A healthy hearty soup recipe for the slow cooker
- Slow Cooker Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew - a simple and delicious slow cooker soup with 2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
- Slow Cooker Mexican Meatball Soup - Easy, healthy, hearty and delicious mexican style soup
- 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 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
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In this video, the Sweet Pea Chef demonstrates making her version of slow cooker split pea soup with a ham bone:
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Martha, thanks so much for including my Split Pea, Ham and Barley soup in your list!!!
They all sound yummy...
Can you guesstimate about how much a serving is? Cup, cup and a half?
Hi Melissa, I'd guesstimate about 1-1/2 cups. Hope this helps. Martha
Slow Cooker Ham Split Pea Soup Recipe – 6 Points+.....What is 1/6 of the recipe?
Hi Joan, 1/6th should be about 1-1/2 cups. Hope this helps.
Made today because it's cold and wanted a good hot soup. This was terrific. Thanks!
So glad to hear it Elaine!
This soup is delicious! My husband wanted to help so he thought he was adding 1 tsp of thyme but it was actually a tbsp!It was still great and very filling! Thanks!
Glad you liked it Judy!
Is the 2 point value WW Freestyle Smartpoints the value from the 2018 plan?
The recipe says 2 Freestyle points but when i use the Weight Watcher calculator to figure points it says 7 points. I dont understand why there is such a big difference.
Hi Letha, Because of Zero Points foods you can not use the WW Calculator to determine points for Recipes. I explain it all here in this post: https://simple-nourished-living.com/why-your-recipes-smartpoints-may-be-higher-than-it-should-be/
Diana R Day
Wouldn't this be 0 pts. for Simply Filling? Or am I missing something?
Hi Diana, I'm not sure what you are asking? You don't count points on Simply Filling provided all the points are on the included foods list.
Delicious! I use less
Tyme because it is such a strong spice.
My husband and I really enjoyed this soup. I added extra carrots because he loves carrots. I did not use the chicken broth, because I think the smoked ham hock provides plenty of flavor. Will make it again.
Thanks, Cathy! ~Martha
I really enjoyed the flavors...and wish I had saw the video about using 6 cups of liquid...I used the 8 cups that are listed in the recipe and had to skim off at least 1 1/2 cups of liquid...after I puree half of the soup...the flavors were spot on...but for the effort of making this...I think next time I have a craving for split pea soup...I might just hit the local deli for a cup...thanks for sharing the recipe...
The night before, I cooked the bone in water with thyme. The peas I cooked in (aother pot) boiling water for 5 minutes and left in pot overnight. Next morning I rinsed of peas and added to water bone was cooked in. I cleaned off bone and added ham to pot, and a finely diced carrot quickly followed. As all things were placed "ALL IN" one pot, I heated till it was done. Quickly, I decided it was going to be breakfast.
I made this soup and our family loved it! I'm making another batch today! I skipped the ham and added extra carrots & celery.
I followed this recipe as directed and it turned out delicious! All my family loved it!
Served it with lite grilled cheese sandwich & sliced fruit.
Made this after my hubby had surgery and needed soft, easy-to-eat foods with nutrition. We both loved it! Didn't have a ham bone, but diced a ham steak and didn't miss the bone. Looked very watery after cooking, but used my immersion blender and then it was perfect and creamy. I'll be making this again and again. Thanks!
There's definately a great deal to learn about this subject. I like all the points you made.
Delicious! and so simple.