8+ hrs, Soup
January 11, 2016
2 x 500g pkts of green split peas
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
1kg of chunked bacon off the bone (leftover smoked Christmas leg ham works too)
6 cups of water
1Rinse split peas until water until water runs clear
2No need to pre-soak peas
3Add rinsed peas to slow cooker
4Add onion and bacon/ham chunks
5Add water - water it takes to fill your slow cooker to approx 1 inch from the top
6I used 6 cups in a 6L slow cooker
7Cook on HIGH for approx 8hrs
8Stir occasionally during cooking time.
1Serve with crusty bread rolls
2Peas will often appear still formed until the final 2hrs of cooking when they will be broken down and form that thick, delicious kind of soup you can almost stand your spoon up in!
Submitted by Paulene Christie
June 4, 2020
I generally use yellow split peas. Do you know what the difference is between the green and yellow?
May 10, 2020
Made this yesterday with 2 packs peas. Had to put about 10 cups water but it still ended up extremely thick. I will halve the amount of peas next time.
May 2, 2020
This is the best pea and ham soup I’ve ever made
Just so delicious
April 24, 2020
Hi Pauline, I have been making Pea & Ham soup for 50 years from my Nanna’s recipe. I estimate the recipe is considerably older than that. Your recipe tastes just like it. The only thing I do differently is boiling the bacon hock and bacon bones the day before. This enables me to scoop off all the fat from the stock. You would be very surprised how much fat there is. The bacon bones are added for loads of flavour, not a lot of meat on them. Also Nanna always added a grated carrot, maybe to bulk up the recipe during the war years.
Well done Pauline and best wishes from Fremantle, Western Australia.
December 24, 2019
It would be extra salty if you added stock instead of water but you could if you wanted it saltier
December 23, 2019
Just wondering has anyone made this and used chicken stock instead of water?
January 15, 2019
I made this last week but only did half the recipe in a small slow cooker. I needed more water (more than half the recipe) but boy oh boy it was a success. My first ever pea and ham soup – so thank you for sharing an amazingly easy no fail recipe. Does not require salting after cooking. Hot Ciabatta bread on the side 🍞
July 9, 2018
Thank you so much for this recipe Pauline.- I have never managed to get close to the pea & ham soup that my mum used to make until I found this recipe. Best pea and ham soup ever – family & friends love it
July 6, 2018
Perfect Pea & Ham soup!!! I added 2 hocks for extra meat & blitz it .. kids had 3 bowls & still enough leftover!! Perfect for a rainy day meal!!!
June 22, 2018
Love this soup and freeze 5 extra meals
May 30, 2018
Rich & insanely thick.
Super Y U M M Y!
May 28, 2018
Loved this one. Next time I’ll probably remove the fat off my hock and add another as the fat was a bit yuck when eating it and I found I needed more meat. ☺
May 24, 2018
Made this today ……I can see why it’s your favourite …..delicious thank you
May 3, 2018
The more you have the better then flavour so I’d do whatever fits in your cooker really 🙂
Then take the meat off the bone towards the end 🙂
May 2, 2018
I’m super keen to try this for my hubby, sorry if this is a stupid question but how do I know how much / many back bones to buy? If you need 1kg of meat off the bone, wont the weight shown on the packaging include the weight of the bone?
March 29, 2018
Add them from the start
March 24, 2018
I want to add carrots and celery, maybe a hint of garlic..?
January 7, 2018
1 packet is all you’ll need for one that size
January 4, 2018
Did try this recipe once using 2pkts split peas and I could have used mixture for a stepping stone lol it was so thick couldnt even cut it with a hacksaw lol. Then realise my cooker was only a 4.5L so I’m thinking I only need 1 Pkt of peas. Have to say though the smell was devine😀
June 7, 2017
Thank you for A great recipe I love pea and ham soup and I tried this recipe and just loved and I froze some for later but it is all gone now . will surely cook this again this winter
May 16, 2017
If you are happy to cook overnight it would easily cook that long nice and low
May 15, 2017
Could I do this on low overnight?
April 14, 2017
Sure you could 🙂
April 11, 2017
Am I able to use a smoked Hock instead of the bacon in this recipe?
February 14, 2017
I find it salty enough due to the ham but I like to add any further seasoning after serving if you think it’s needed 🙂
February 13, 2017
Thanks for this recipe, I’m going to make it tomorrow. Just wondering about seasoning, salt,pepper etc. Would you add any during cooking or just to serve?
Thanks again i5s my granddads fav from his childhood so can’t wait to make it for him xx
July 22, 2016
Thank you for such lovely feedback! 🙂
July 21, 2016
Made this for the other half. Never made it before but told him I bet I can make it as good as your favourite restaurant. Apparently it was pretty much just as good as theirs so I’m claiming a win.
It was beautifully thick and oh so flavoursome no salt was needed it had enough naturally. I did however add a hock as well as bacon pieces.
With crusty buns and real butter it was an ultimate comfort meal that had my better half and I wanting to just sit and vegetate after dinner pure delicious old school comfort food.
June 29, 2016
I am making this tonight should be ready for lunch tomorrow
May 3, 2016
I intend to make this soup the next time my lawn mower man comes. He mows for free so I feed him & he loves pea & ham soup. He is hard to fill up, so I’ll be adding carrots and potatoes to this recipe. And some crunchy rolls with yummy butter. But your recipe for a base.
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