Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is the perfect way to use up leftover ham and transform it into a hearty soup that is perfect for lunch or dinner. The soup slow cooks for 8 hours, resulting in a velvety broth chocked full of vegetables and ham.
In a 6 quart slow cooker, place the ham bone, and split peas in the slow cooker. Then add the sliced carrots, parsnips, white potatoes, onion, celery, and garlic on top. Add bay leaf, season salt, and black pepper followed by 6 cups of water. Stir until everything is incorporated.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Once the soup is done remove the ham bone and add in the diced ham. Mix well, and add 3 tablespoons fresh parsley. Mix again.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining fresh parsley and green onions (if desired).
Prep - You can prep all the vegetables except for the potatoes the night before. You can even place all the spices in the bag. This will allow you to throw this together in minutes come the next morning. I do this often!
Ham Bone - If you don't have a ham bone, that's okay. You can omit that part; however, the ham bone is what gives off so much flavor. You can use a pre-cooked ham to add at the end of your soup.
Make Split Pea Soup Vegetarian - You can easily make this split pea soup vegetarian my omitting the ham bone and diced ham. Instead, I would use vegetable broth instead of water to add a little flavor to the soup.
Toppings - Fun fact, I love to top my split pea soup with croutons! You can buy store bought or make a batch of my Garlic Bacon Croutons.