Pea Soup {Slow-Cooker}


I never thought to order Pea Soup at a restaurant, let alone make it, because..I don’t like peas. But I found myself in San Francisco, across the country from my friends and family and everything I knew, and a new friend suggested I try her recipe. She swore that no one had ever hated it before. So since adventures, culinary or otherwise, require an open mind, I made her recipe.

It was beyond easy in my crockpot in my studio apartment. When I came home to that lovely aroma, I was officially hooked on pea soup. I made it and freeze it and will love it forever.

This also proves my family adage: don’t eat with your eyes.


I love this recipe for plenty of reasons: it’s healthy, hearty, perfect for winter, and beyond easy. You basically just dump everything into the crock pot and come home to an amazing meal that you can then freeze. It’s like the meal that keeps on giving and multiplying itself. I love it.


I hope you enjoy it. And if you aren’t a pea lover either, you should still give this one a chance. Trust me.

Pea Soup.


  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 meaty hambone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. hot water


  1. Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given
  2. Pour in water
  3. Do not stir ingredients
  4. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours OR on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone
  5. Remove bones and bay leaf
  6. Mash peas to thicken more, if desired
  7. Freezes well.
  8. Serves 8.

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Nina grew up speaking and eating Italian in the Chicagoland area. She moved to San Francisco for two years and, knowing she was always meant to be a writer, finally decided to share some of that writing with the world through blogging. There you will find her chronicling her adventures and misadventures (and isn't there such loveliness in mistakes and learning and growing?). If you ever go shopping with her, you will often hear her say, "We could totally make that!" Now, she is back in Chicago, with a real kitchen to cook authentic Italian food and other creations and space to do-it-herself. She finds it best to do all these things–writing, cooking, crafting, reading, adventuring–while laughing which is her favorite thing to do.

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