Classic Pea and Ham Soup

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Classic Pea and Ham Soup

5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours


  • 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


  • Rinse split peas until water until water runs clear
  • No need to pre-soak peas
  • Add rinsed peas to slow cooker
  • Add onion and bacon/ham chunks
  • Add water - water it takes to fill your slow cooker to approx 1 inch from the top
  • I used 6 cups in a 6L slow cooker
  • Cook on HIGH for approx 8hrs
  • Stir occasionally during cooking time.


  • Serve with crusty bread rolls
  • Peas 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!
  • Freezes well

43 thoughts on “Classic Pea and Ham Soup”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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. ☺

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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

  10. 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 ?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 5 stars
    Easy as. Was thick enough with one packet of split peas and I also added some onion and carrot. Once cooked blitzed it and it was nice and thick.

  15. 5 stars
    We had thia for dinner tonight. Cooked it overnight last night. It was a hit, definitely be cooking this again as we didn’t have much leftover to freeze. I only used a packet of split peas and 1 bacon hock. We really enjoyed our dinner. We partnered it with a toastled sliced bread, next time I will get a crusty bread to dip on it. It is not very thick but we love it just the same. Hubby nearly licked his plate.?

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