Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

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Using the ham bone to make split pea soup is the most delicious way you can use up leftover baked picnic ham or slow cooker ham!

If you need more recipes using leftover ham, try ham salad or ham and ham fried rice!

Split pea soup in a white bowl

Using the Ham Bone to Make Split Pea Soup

Nothing beats the flavor of making a split pea soup with the ham bone simmering in it all day long. Not only are split peas a fantastic slow cooker legume (they take sooo long to cook!) they are healthy as well.

Using the ham bone for extra flavor is a great waste not, want not way to stretch your meals out and save money!

a ladle full of split pea soup

How to Prepare the Ham Bone

Preparing the leftover ham bone is easy and fast.

  1. Remove the leftover meat from the ham bone in nice slices if possible. Leave some meat on the bone to add flavor.
  2. The meat near the bone will be gristly and tough, that is ok! This will slow cook and give the soup a great flavor!
  3. Dice up the remaining meat and cook in your soup. It’s ok if you have more than one cup like the recipe lists.
  4. When done with the hambone at the end, make sure to remove any good meat that is cooked on the bone and add back into the soup.
split pea soup using the ham bone in a white bowl

Best Slow Cookers

Crock-Pot – 6 Quart

Hamilton Beach – 7 Quart

Cuisinart All-in-one – 7 Quart

Enjoy! We make this soup every time that we have a leftover ham bone. It’s very easy to adapt to your liking and a great way to save money.

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How to use your leftover ham bone to make split pea soup in your slow cooker! This is the most delicious way to make it!

Slow Cooker Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

How to use your leftover ham bone to make split pea soup in your slow cooker! This is the most delicious way to make it!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Slow Cooker
Fast & Slow Cooking


  • one 450 gram bag dried green split peas 2 ¼ cups
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup diced leftover ham this can be removed from the bone
  • 1 ham bone
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Give the split peas a good rinse in a colander, then place all ingredients into the slow cooker.
  • When you add in the ham bone make sure to nestle it into the middle of the soup in the slow cooker, making sure that it is fully or mostly submerged into the chicken stock.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. It will all depend on how fast your peas cook, they can be unreliable with the time it takes! I usually look at this as an all day, on low temperature crock pot split pea soup.
  • When the peas are soft and melt into the soup when stirred, remove the ham bone.
  • Cut off any excess ham that might be left and mix it into the soup.
  • Mix the soup until all of the green peas dissolve into the broth. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to add in more carrots and celery for a chunkier soup

Nutrition Information

Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 551mg, Potassium: 364mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2739IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. krystal says

    5 stars
    I never thought in a million years I would eat split pea soup. My husband wanted me to make a soup with the left over ham bone from Easter. The only soup I have ever made is out of a can. I tried giving the ham bone to a friend but she was leaven on vacation the day after Easter. So, I jumped on Google and started looking for an easy crock pot recipe. I came upon this recipe. It seemed pretty easy so I though I would give it a try. Half way through cooking it started to smell really good. When it was all ready to be served I gave it a try and I am telling all of my friends about it, even the ones who don’t like split pea like me. This soup took me 10 minutes to prep and it is absolutely amazing! I have had it for lunch and dinner the last couple of days.

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