Crock-Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup

Favorite. Soup. Ever.
Split Pea and Ham soup is filling, delicious and very easy to make. With only a handful of ingredients you too can make this homemade deliciousness! We ate dinner outside on our new patio, and it was just perfect. Along with the soup, I made pretzel rolls with dinner. This soup is one that brings me back to my grandma. I remember she made this and it was one of our favorites as kids. Till this day, every taste brings memories back to my grandmas cooking.

Elliana on concrete patio with firepit and split pea and ham soup bowl

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October 30, 2021
Updated March 16, 2022
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

Split peas are not that difficult to find if you are looking in a big-box grocery store. Any big grocery store sells them in bags that are dried and also ready to use. Any time I am at ALDI and they are for sale, I stock up on as many as our food budget will allow. A bag at a grocery store near me was $1.49 for 1-pounds of split peas. This amount is enough for one Crock-Pot filled with Split Pea and Ham soup!

1-pound bag split peas $1.49
4 carrots $0.58
1 onion $0.20
4 garlic cloves $0.20
Chicken base $0.25
Ham – no cost as it was leftover from a different meal
Ham bone – no cost as this was in the freezer from a different meal

The total cost to make a 6-Quart Crock-Pot of Split Pea and Ham soup was $2.72.
That is it! Isn’t that the most inexpensive meal ever! Now, if you need to buy a ham for this meal, then obviously that would change the price of this recipe. This recipe is one reason why saving leftover ham bones and ham chunks is the way to go, as putting them into soup is the greatest way to save money and allows you to keep the food budget in check.

Why is it orange?

Typically, a Split Pea and Ham soup is green because of the split peas. Today, however, this soup was orange instead of the traditional green. The main reason this recipe turned orange, to the best of my knowledge, is because I chose to shred the carrots in my Cuisinart Food Processor instead of chopping them on a cutting board. If you want that traditional “Green Split Pea” soup look, make sure to dice the carrots and not shred them.

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe


1-pound bag split peas
4 carrots
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
Chicken base
Ham bone

ingredietns for split pea and ham soup and a Crock-Pot


1. Use a sink colander and rinse a bag of dried split peas well, then place the rinsed split peas in the Crock-Pot. Little miss Elliana was my super adorable helper today! She made sure the split peas were washed really well.

2. Peel carrots, cut the ends off, and then shred them. In the past, I have diced the carrots and it works well, this time, however, I used the Cuisinart Food Processor and shredded the carrots. This worked so well! As it turns out, I am allergic to raw carrots, and they turn my hands orange, using this method to shred them is just my new favorite thing. In less than two minutes all of the carrots are cut, peeled and shredded.

3. On a cutting board, slice an onion in half, remove the skin and then use a Food Processor to mince. Recently bought yellow onions because there were no sweet onions available. These were honestly the strongest onions ever! I felt like I had a meltdown while cutting them in half, as they made my eyes water like a dam that broke from the minute the skins came off. So, they went straight into the food processor, so I did not have to use a box of tissues cleaning my face.

4. Place shredded carrots and onions into the Crock-Pot with the split peas.

shredded carrots and onions in Crock-Pot for split pea and ham soup

6. Mince garlic in a Cuisinart Food Processor and then add it to the Crock-Pot. This time I used my Food Processor to mince the garlic and it was brilliant and resulted in no more garlic-smelling fingers!

add garlic to Crock-Pot for split pea and ham soup

5. Dice ham to 1/2 inch pieces and place them in the Crock-Pot. Any time we have a large ham for dinner with leftovers, save the bone and an amount for ham soup! It seriously is the most perfect way to make split pea soup.

7. Place 2 teaspoons chicken base in the Crock-Pot and fill with water. This has been my favorite find! It is great for soup, gravy, cheese sauce and more. One jar lasts forever and it has been way less expensive than buying chicken stock or bullion cubes.

L.B. Jamison's chicken flavored soup base

8. Cover the Crock-Pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. The split peas will become moist and start to dissolve into the soup.

split pea and ham soup in a crock-pot

Serve with bread and enjoy! I made pretzel rolls to go with soup today and they are so dense and moist and delicious! Check out my blog recipe for pretzel rolls by clicking the link below! Tyler and I really enjoyed spending time outside eating our Split Pea and Ham soup on the new patio. With the fire going and listening to birds chirp, honestly is there anything more peaceful!?

split pea and ham soup with pretzel rolls

Recipe for Split Pea and Ham Soup


1-pound bag split peas
4 carrots
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
Chicken stock
Ham bone

Directions for Split Pea and Ham Soup

1. Use a strainer and rinse dried split peas well, then place the rinsed split peas in the Crock-Pot.
2. Dice an onion on a cutting board and then place it in the pot.
3. Peel carrots, cut the ends off, and shred them using a Cuisinart Food Processor, then add to the Crock-Pot.
4. Dice ham to 1/2 inch pieces and then place them in the Crock-Pot.
5. Mince garlic and then add it to the Crock-Pot.
6. Place 2 teaspoons chicken base in the Crock-Pot and fill to within 1-inch of the rim with water.
7. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
Serve with bread and enjoy!

Tyler making a fire on new patio

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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