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Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and Split Pea Soup

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Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!

The Northeast is getting slammed with snow this winter. Here in the DC-area? We’ve seen zilch. It actually felt like Spring this past weekend with temperatures in the upper 50’s and low 60’s. It’s bizarre. Now, I’m not wishing constant snow like what the Northeast has but I just want a giant snowstorm. Just one this winter and I’ll be satisfied. It’ll also probably shut down the entire area for a good week but I’m down for that. That’s what winter is good for snow days, right?! I mean, in the summer you have vacations to look forward to but in the winter, you hope that the snow will give you days off, haha

Anywayyyyy…we’re still obsessed with Parenthood and spent the majority of our weekend watching it. We are well into season 2 & I think it’s funny how many actors in there that you end up recognizing from other shows.

Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!

 

Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!

 

Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!

Okay so Whole Foods has the most amazing smoked ham hocks around. You can buy them elsewhere for this soup but I HIGHLY recommend making the trek to Whole Foods if you have to because this split pea soup will be absolutely transformed from traditional to fan-freaking-tastic. Whole Foods’ smoked ham hocks are unreal and unlike any other I’ve ever had. It’s incredibly smokey but it doesn’t overpower the dish. You know it’s there but it’s not like eating liquid smoke or something. And my favorite part about their ham hocks is that they aren’t skimpy with the meat. These guys are MEATY. Not sure if you saw this on my Instagram but look at how HUGE these guys are! Sometimes they aren’t always in stock at Whole Foods so when they are, we stock up and vacuum seal and freeze them so we can always have this amazing slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup.

I’m telling ya, this isn’t like any other split pea soup you’ve had before. If you’ve never had it with a good smokey ham hock, then you haven’t had the best split pea soup of your life. I really wasn’t a fan of split pea soup until I had this version and I really think the investment in a good smokey ham hock is what will make or break your dish!

Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!

 

Traditional split pea soup has nothing on this slow cooker smokey ham and split pea soup! It's seriously got the most amazing smokey flavor and so easy to throw together!
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Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and Split Pea Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 mins
 

This seriously has the most amazing smokey flavor and is so easy to throw together!

Servings: 4 -6
Ingredients
  • 1: 16 ounce package dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large smoked ham hock
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker, gently stir around the ham hock to incorporate, then cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours. You want it cooked enough so that the peas are softened and the ham falls off the bone.
  2. After the soup is done, carefully remove the ham hock from the soup and shred it off the bone. Then you can roughly chop it up and add it back into the soup.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week.

 

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Posted on February 09, 2015

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  1. 02/09/2015 at 7:49 am

    I loooooove soup season. I’d gladly take a big bowl of your gorgeous soup today! Happy Monday :)

  2. 02/09/2015 at 8:22 am

    Ham and Split pea soup is the best and this one looks great!

  3. 02/09/2015 at 8:23 am

    Such a great healthy soup for this weather! I’ll gladly send you our snow. It’s getting (okay it’s beyond) ridiculous. So seriously obsessed with Parenthood but you knew that ;)

  4. 02/09/2015 at 8:38 am

    This looks delicious! I need a big bowl of this right now. I’m in New England and just getting slammed. In fact, I may have to just give up my blogging career as I don’t think I’ll ever make it to the grocery store again. There is just too much snow!

  5. 02/09/2015 at 9:52 am

    We are in the throes of an early spring as well- it is so weird- but actually very welcome on my end! This soup looks just delicious!

  6. 02/09/2015 at 10:48 am

    I love slow-cooker soups, this one sounds delicious! I am dreaming about smoked ham now!

  7. 02/09/2015 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t have a smoked ham hock, but I have some awesome pork sirloin I smoked in my Green Egg that I’m going to try in this recipe. It will be interesting to see if the smokiness from the meat is enough to carry it.

    • Julie
      02/10/2015 at 8:25 am

      That sounds amazing! I’m sure it’ll taste great!

  8. 02/09/2015 at 1:24 pm

    Love a good slow cooker recipe! With all that ham in it, I just might get my hubby to eat soup! It is a real bummer to have a hubby who doesn’t really like soup…

  9. 02/09/2015 at 2:30 pm

    Soup spoons, up! Beautiful healthy soup to warm us up in the winter, Julie! Snow days are great and slow cooker soups are where it is at these days. We just adore our local Whole Foods. We buy pre-cooked whole chickens often for recipes whether in a time crunch or not. Thanks for reminding us all about their smoked ham hocks!

  10. 02/09/2015 at 4:22 pm

    I’m so sad Parenthood is over! I’m gonna have to re-watch all the seasons. This soup looks amazing with the smocked ham hock.

  11. 02/09/2015 at 5:26 pm

    This soup looks great! You know I love a good pea soup :) I always keep smoked ham hocks in the freezer too. They are great for bean soups and I also love using them in big pots of boiled green beans and potatoes. I’ll have to check out the ones from WF. Feel free to talk all of our snow and I’ll gladly take your 60 degree weather :)

  12. 02/09/2015 at 6:01 pm

    Can I plead trade you some of our 26+ inches of snow for a big bowl of the soup? Thanks for the tip on the ham hocks too!

  13. 02/09/2015 at 8:42 pm

    We love soup in the winter… yum!

  14. 02/10/2015 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve never had split pea soup before. I’m not a huge fan of peas but judging by the comments, it’s something I need to try!

    • Julie
      02/11/2015 at 9:40 am

      Oh you definitely do need to try this! :)

  15. 02/12/2015 at 10:53 am

    Split Pea Soup was one of those things I was too afraid to try as a child (you know…because it’s green…) but after having it as an adult it is so GOOD! I’ve never made my own though, but this slow cooker version seems like the perfect opportunity!

  16. 02/16/2015 at 9:59 am

    Made this on Friday — fabulous for a snowbound weekend in Massachusetts!!

    Simply scrumptious!!

    • Julie
      02/16/2015 at 11:09 am

      It’s definitely perfect for those snow days! So glad you enjoyed it!

  17. 02/16/2015 at 10:50 am

    I love how simple this is! I love split pea soup and at my local market, I often see smoked ham hocks. Totally going to make this soon!

    • Julie
      02/16/2015 at 11:09 am

      You’ll love it! Enjoy!

  18. Pat
    02/20/2015 at 9:40 pm

    I had hoped that ‘Table for Two’ would have recipes that feed one or two people, but this recipe, and many others, are for a larger group. I could use amounts and instructions for a 1-1/2 quart slow cooker.

    • Julie
      02/21/2015 at 8:53 am

      Hi Pat – I hear you on your concern. In my FAQ’s section of the blog, it explains the meaning behind the name ‘Table for Two,’ however, in November, I have a cookbook coming out called “Dinner for Two” and it’s an entire cookbook that has dinner recipes specifically developed for two servings :) In there, you will definitely see recipes for slow cooker recipes that are for smaller slow cookers! Hope you’ll consider buying it :)

  19. Marji
    02/25/2015 at 9:43 pm

    I feel like a Pinterest Failure because my pot of soup was not this beautiful, verdant green. BUT, it tasted WONDERFUL! In spite of the fact that it was 70+ degrees, here, today.

    • Marji
      02/25/2015 at 9:45 pm

      And I forgot to mention that the best part was, that I pulled it together in the mere 10 minutes that I had before leaving for work. Came home to Dinner: Done!

      • Julie
        02/26/2015 at 7:45 am

        Isn’t that the best?? :)

    • Julie
      02/26/2015 at 7:44 am

      It’s not a Pinterest fail if it tasted wonderful :)

  20. Lacie
    11/17/2015 at 8:37 pm

    Made this last night and my boyfriend absolutely loves it! Even more than the stovetop version I made a few weeks ago, which took nearly 3 hours of standing by the stove to make! Much happier with this version that look maybe 15 minutes of prep time! Thanks!!

  21. 01/23/2016 at 11:24 am

    You poor thing! We live about 30 minutes from Benton’s Smoky Mountain Hams and they have the BEST ham hocks in all the land! You should order some online along with some bacon and prosciutto. It will change your life! :)

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