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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

This seriously has the most amazing smokey flavor and is so easy to throw together!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 -6
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and Split Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 20g80%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Deborah Wesselman

Monday 8th of July 2019

Love pea soup... looks delicious. Will it freeze ok? Like to cook big batches of foods and freeze left overs for later..,

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Yes, I've frozen this particular soup before!

Laura

Saturday 9th of February 2019

Love this soup!

Louise Bickford

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

It would be a lot better if the nutrition info was included in the post.

Julie

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Hi Louise. Appreciate the feedback. First, it is not hard to Google nutritional calculators and input this information yourself. Second, I am at no obligation to put nutritional information in my recipes HOWEVER, due to increased demand, I have been going back to old recipes and putting them in. I have over 1,000 recipes on this site so between the upkeep of this website and my full time job, I obviously haven't gotten around to this recipe yet. I would appreciate your patience and in the meantime, I'd suggest using an online nutritional calculator to help you out.

Cindy Millar

Friday 20th of April 2018

Making the Split Pea soup now with Ham Hicks (not the smoky) and carrots, smells so good.

Julie

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

yum!!! enjoy!

Mandee McNew

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

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! :)