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
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    • 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


    • 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.


    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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  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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 ;)

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    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!

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!

  • Gaby says:

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

  • Cherié Emmons says:

    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 says:

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

  • Rachel @ My Urban Oven says:

    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…

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    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.

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    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 :)

  • 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!

  • Maria says:

    We love soup in the winter… yum!

  • Allison @ Wine and the Wooden Spoon says:

    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 says:

      Oh you definitely do need to try this! :)

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking says:

    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!

  • Lisa says:

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

    Simply scrumptious!!

    • Julie says:

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

  • Vijay @ NoshOnIt says:

    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 says:

      You’ll love it! Enjoy!

  • Pat says:

    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 says:

      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 :)

  • Marji says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        Isn’t that the best?? :)

    • Julie says:

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

  • Lacie says:

    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!!

  • Mandee McNew says:

    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! :)

  • Cindy Millar says:

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

    • Julie says:

      yum!!! enjoy!

  • Louise Bickford says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • Laura says:

    Love this soup!

  • Deborah Wesselman says:

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

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, I’ve frozen this particular soup before!

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