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4 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Split Pea Ham & Barley Soup

A thick & creamy healthy split pea soup that's chock full of hidden veggies with chopped ham and bits of barley- it's quick & easy and simple, thanks to cooking in the slow cooker.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time24 mins


  • 1 cup green split peas
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 3/4 cup peeled, diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced white onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • In the bowl of a full size slow cooker, layer the peas, barley, ham, carrots, onion and celery- in that order, and do not stir or combine.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the broth, water, and spicing until evenly combined. Slowly pour the mixture into the slow cooker, without disturbing the layers. Stick in the bay leaf.
  • Cover the slow cooker to seal and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low heat for 7-8, or until the peas are softened & creamy.
  • Remove the bay leaf, and stir the soup together until thick, creamy, and evenly combined. Salt & pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately with crusty bread or crackers, if desired.


recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe