Swedish Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham


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.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 3 cups yellow split peas (about 1 1/2 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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
3g Fat
55g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 20g 71%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 2759IU 55%
Vitamin C 14mg 16%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 663mg 29%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 104mg 25%
Potassium 1098mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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