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.

Jim Romanoff
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Add broth, water, onion, carrot, celery, ham, ginger and marjoram to the slow cooker (see Tip). Stir to combine.

  • 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

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; protein 24.1g 48% DV; carbohydrates 54.5g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 20g 80% DV; sugars 4.5g; fat 2.5g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 3% DV; cholesterol 12.8mg 4% DV; vitamin a iu 2758.9IU 55% DV; vitamin c 14mg 23% DV; folate 20.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 47.6mg 5% DV; iron 4.4mg 25% DV; magnesium 103.7mg 37% DV; potassium 1097.5mg 31% DV; sodium 663.4mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.8mg 76% DV.

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
After reading the reviews I prepped the yellow split peas in my pressure cooker- then followed the recipe with the exception of adding extra minced ginger-I hate to waste a knob woke to the lovely aromas of it cooking in my crockpot over night on low- It is delicious!!! The only changes I see making in the future is to try and find or make it vegetarian as the sodium is high- This recipe is a keeper! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used only chicken stock and reduced the amounts to fit a 4-quart slow cooker. Upon reading some of the critique re: cooking time I set my slow cooker on high for 7 hours and the consistency is perfect. Great flavor! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The estimated cooking time was really OFF. After I read other comments about the peas being hard I followed my non-crock pot recipe & soaked the peas overnight & rinsed them before putting in the pot. I also sauteed all the veggies in oil & pureed them in my blender with a cup of the broth. I also chopped the ham pieces in the blender before adding to the broth & pea mix. The crock was on Low for TEN hours & the peas were still crispy. I turned heat up to high for 1 hour & they were still not soft so I went back to low & the pot has now been on for almost 16 hours & the soup is great. It's just really really hot. I would try the recipe again but not in the crock put. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good made some minor changes I loved this soup! I used green split peas as I could not fin yellow. I added extra split peas garlic powder and pepper. I did not add ginger (I do not like it) or celery. I added extra onion and shredded the carrots. I also added a touch of cumin. I cooked on high for 5 hours and had to add about 2 more cups of water at about 3 hours in. Turned out great! Pros: Makes a lot filling Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Needs longer cooking time than stated! Made this overnight following the directions almost exactly (didn't really measure the marjoram or ginger--just eyeballed those). I put it in the slow cooker overnight on low for 8 hours 2 hours on warm and when I checked it this morning it wasn't at all the consistency of split pea soup. The peas still have crunch to them so maybe it's just my slow cooker (cuisinart) but I'll be putting this back on high when I get home from work to hopefully break down the peas some more so it's actually a hearty creamy soup. The flavor right now is fantastic though! Pros: Easy healthy tons of fiber Cons: Requires longer cooking than stated Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Great flavor but cooking time longer than indicated. Really flavorful soup. It did n' t cook to my liking in the crock pot on high for 5 hours so I transferred it to a regular pot and simmered it on the stove until the peas were nice and mushy about another hour. I also added 2 cups of diced potatoes at this point. I will make this again. Pros: Great blend of flavors. A change up ftrom your ordinary split pea soup. Cons: I cooked it in the crock on high but the peas in thewere still pretty hard. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fragrant Hearty Healthy -- Yummy! Followed the recipe with two exceptions added 2 minced cloves of garlic & 1 additional cup of water with 1 tsp. ham base. After tasting am glad I did NOT add a ham hock as it would have made it too fatty. Made this special for my Swedish mother who is receiving chemo treatments and need high protein healthy meals. Very colorful and flavorful! Pros: Super easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and easy I really liked this and it's even better the next day. I read through the comments and still didn't bother pre-cooking the veggies. However I used a 1-pound bag of peas which wasn't quite enough. The recipe calls for 3 cups and that's probably a bit more (it would be nice if the recipe was built around standard package sizes but that's just me). I kept the other ingredients at their measurements and threw in a smoked ham shank for flavor. It's very flavorful on its own. There was more liquid than I needed because of the amount of peas used but when it cooled I was able to skim off nearly a cup of clear liquid and that helped. Pros: No precooking required Cons: Pay attention to how much peas you use Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love this soup!! I am not a pea soup fan and my husband is so I was happy to find a soup I would enjoy too. I use leftover ham bones to make it and it is always yummy. I love being able to make things in crock pot. Set it and forget it. You will not be disappointed. Pros: easy flavorful soup Read More
Rating: 4 stars
It's all about the ham Buy a high quality smoked ham and that will really infuse flavor into the soup. Use all chicken broth (I like the Imagine organic free range brand) - do not use water in the recipe. Sautee the veggies in canola or olive oil before putting them in the crockpot. And if you really want to add some zip put in 2 teaspoons of curry power when sauteeing the veggies. Also add the ginger at the very end after the soup is done cooking. Lastly green split peas are OK to use as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Better than store bought! Delicious! I followed the recipe to the letter and didn't find it to be the least bit bland. I made sure to use fresh quality ingredients which makes all the difference when cooking. I will be making this again. Pros: Fast cost effective full of flavour Read More
Rating: 4 stars
hearty tasty soup for a cozy winter evening I honestly don't understand some of these reviewers saying it was bland so they put hot sauce in it. If you're looking for a spicy soup then look for another recipe. Read the recipe and follow the instructions and a delicious pea soup is what you will get. The salt comes from the ham and we used green split peas because we can't find yellow ones here where we live cooked on high for 5h and it was delish... a creamy pea soup veggie was good but they are not supposed to be the star of the show remember's not a veggie soup it's a pea soup... again it's a great recipe and you will only get dissapointed if you're making a pea soup expecting a hot spicy soup or a chicken/veggie soup.... look for the right recipe of what you really want before you write a review saying this one was bad. Pros: healthy and easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A couple of changes make this soup great! I changed it up a little bit. I put all chicken stock in instead of 4 cups of water. Also add the ginger at the very end when it is done cooking. I also added more veggies- put in whatever veggies you like. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Ok but I wouldn't make again I tried this to use up some leftover Easter ham. I used twice as much ham as the recipe called for and the ham was the best part of the soup. I found the cooking times to be accurate; my soup was done after 5 hours on high although I let it cook about an hour longer than that. I didn't taste the marjoram or ginger at all. Hubby and I added a lot of hot sauce to the finished soup to try to spice it up. Pros: easy Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy hearty soup When I made this it actually took 7 hours on high before the peas started to break down and get all creamy and chunky. Other than that it's a home run! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super tastey and hearty Made this for the first time over the weekend and was so impressed. It was thick and hearty and full of flavor without any thing added at the table. I used a pound of regular split peas and threw in a ham hock for good measure but the rest I followed to the letter. I cook for the week on Sunday and this reheated perfectly in the microwave Monday evening. Sadly I can only compare this to the famous name brand canned soup but this was even thicker heartier and tastier. My husband even gobbled it up and he hates peas! I wasn't a fan of the carrots but I think that was more my prep work than anything. I think I'll try shredding them next time. And yes there will definately be a next time! Pros: Ingredients easy to find comes together fast Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I haven't tried this recipe yet but from looking at the method I can see why one reviewer found it bland. It would probably be improved by sauteeing the onions carrots celery in a saucepan (with some salt and pepper) before adding all the stuff to the crockpot. Sauteeing brings out more flavour/sweetness in veg's due to the browning. But if you just dump all the ingredients into the crock pot still raw you basically have boiled veggies -- no browning is possible in all that liquid less flavour is created. I had an EPIC FAIL with another EW recipe that just boiled all the stuff together (called Broccoli white bean cheddar soup I think. It was foul and a real waste of ingredients. On the bright side most EW recipes I've tried are keepers. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was absolutely yummy and comes together so quick with few ingredients and the aroma is great on a nice cool evening. Great to have a healthy recipe for my slow cooker. I used Boar's Head Sweet Slice Ham...and I froze some of it for later and it freezes well. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Edible but not worth making again... The soup definitely was not as creamy as the picture made it look and it was kind of bland. It's edible but I won't be making it again. Pros: Healthy Cons: Bland boring Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and hearty Made this today and my husband and I loved it. It's a hearty soup with all kinds of nutritious goodies. The only alteration we'd make is to add some rock salt to the recipe. Enjoy as we did! Read More