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Swedish Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham

  • 25 m
  • 5 h
Jim Romanoff
“This yellow split pea soup has fresh ginger to give it a bright flavor. Use the best ham you can find to get the most flavor.”


    • 3 cups yellow split peas (about 1½ pounds)
    • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups diced yellow onion
    • 1 cup diced carrot
    • 1 cup finely diced celery
    • 8 ounces ham, trimmed and diced
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • 1 Place split peas in a medium bowl. Wash with cold water until the water runs clear; drain and spread in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Add broth, water, onion, carrot, celery, ham, ginger and marjoram to the slow cooker (see Tip). Stir to combine.
  • 3 Cover and cook for 5 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low. Season with pepper.
  • Tip: For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.
  • To make ahead: Prep carrots, celery, ginger and dice ham; refrigerate in separate containers.
  • Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker
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