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!
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!
How to Prepare the Ham Bone
Preparing the leftover ham bone is easy and fast.
- Remove the leftover meat from the ham bone in nice slices if possible. Leave some meat on the bone to add flavor.
- The meat near the bone will be gristly and tough, that is ok! This will slow cook and give the soup a great flavor!
- Dice up the remaining meat and cook in your soup. It's ok if you have more than one cup like the recipe lists.
- 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.
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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Slow Cooker Ham Bone Split Pea Soup
- 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.
- Feel free to add in more carrots and celery for a chunkier soup
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.