Classic Pea and Ham Soup


January 11, 2016

  • Cook: 8 hrs


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!

3Freezes well

Submitted by Paulene Christie


38 Reviews

Yes some folk do that Myssie πŸ™‚


August 5, 2022

Can I use both green and yellow peas

I’ve used yellow before – still works πŸ™‚


January 23, 2022

Can I use yellow split peas? What is the difference between the green and yellow please


July 13, 2021

The best pea and ham soup you can make. This recipe is a firm favourite and go-to in the winter time!


June 28, 2021

This was one of mine done today, it took only 7 hours for me and taste is Ok..
I experimented with yellow peas in a smaller SC and instead of water, I used Beef stock, very nice flavour.
Green peas 8/10, yellow and beef stock 9+/10

Yes I always do mine on high for 100% guaranteed great results with peas broken down as they should be and a thick soupy result every time πŸ™‚

Sam Lang

June 26, 2021

Hi, this recipe is high for 8 hours. Is this correct? Other P&H recipes on SCC say low for 6-8.?


June 4, 2020

I generally use yellow split peas. Do you know what the difference is between the green and yellow?

Jan Sheppard

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

Irene Hawkins

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.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

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?

Lisa Morris

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 🍞

Jackie Raavel

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!!!

LeS Richardson

June 22, 2018

Love this soup and freeze 5 extra meals

Tracey Davies

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. ☺

Ann Noonan

May 24, 2018

Made this today ……I can see why it’s your favourite …..delicious thank you

The more you have the better then flavour so I’d do whatever fits in your cooker really πŸ™‚
Then take the meat off the bone towards the end πŸ™‚


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?

Sure πŸ™‚
Add them from the start

Susan Young

March 24, 2018

I want to add carrots and celery, maybe a hint of garlic..?

Absolutely lol
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 devineπŸ˜€

Bob Lewis

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

Sure πŸ™‚
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?

Sure you could πŸ™‚

Ann noonan

April 11, 2017

Am I able to use a smoked Hock instead of the bacon in this recipe?

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

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 πŸ™‚


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

Thank you for such lovely feedback! πŸ™‚


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.

sara busbridge

June 29, 2016

I am making this tonight should be ready for lunch tomorrow

Dot Brooks

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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