The Dutch version of split pea soup: Snert! Use the slow cooker for convenience; however, you'll need to stick around to stir and add water as needed.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
7 hrs
7 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place dried split peas, ham hock, and bacon into slow cooker; pour in chicken broth and 3 1/2 cups water.

  • Cover cooker and cook on High until peas are tender and broken apart, 3 to 4 hours. Stir in more water as needed to prevent soup from burning on the bottom. Stir occasionally throughout cooking.

  • Stir potatoes, carrots, leek, onion, celery, and garlic into soup; mix in more water, if needed. Cover and cook soup on High for 2 more hours.

  • Season with salt, black pepper, thyme, nutmeg, and cloves; mix sausage slices into soup. Cover and cook 2 more hours to blend the flavors.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; protein 25g 50% DV; carbohydrates 31.9g 10% DV; fat 28.7g 44% DV; cholesterol 65mg 22% DV; sodium 1566.1mg 63% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
UPDATE 4/2/ 2015: Had almost all the ingredients this time (minus the leek)...and it was awesome!! I did not soak the peas overnight. I fried the bacon until crisp and tore into pieces, and I sauteed the onion. Put a very meaty ham bone, bacon, peas, sauteed onion, chicken stock and water into the crock on high for the first hour; then turned to low. After 5 hours, I took out the ham bone, removed the meat and added meat back in...also put in the potatoes, carrots, garlic and celery at this time. After another two hours, I added all of the spices, sausage slices and 1 cup water. It was perfectly done in a total of 10 hours cooking. Lots of left overs for the freezer with only two of us...but the husband wants it for dinner again tomorrow night! ORIGINAL: This soup had a very pleasant flavor...even though I didn't have all the right ingredients. I had a VERY meaty ham bone in place of the ham hock, no bacon, no leek and no sausage. But I followed the recipe with everything else. The peas were soaked overnight prior to putting them into the slow cooker. The ham bone was cooked for the first 6 hours after which time I took it out and let it cool to remove the meat...adding the meat back into the cooker. At the very end, I used my immersible blender and gave it a few swirls to thicken the soup up a bit. I never had to add any additional liquid. Served with home made corn bread, and it made a delicious winter meal. I hope to have sausage on hand next time! Thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used a smoked ham hock and added 1/2 tsp cumin. Best soup ever. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love the Dutch name and the soup tastes very good but the recipe has serious problems. The dried split peas are well cooked breaking up and coloring the soup in an hour or less nowhere near the 3 to 4 hours in the recipe. Altitude makes a difference and I'm at 200 ft. but one would have to be in Flagstaff AZ 7 000 ft. for it to take 3-4 hours. Diced potatoes will cook in less than half an hour and be absolute mush in an hour so the two additional hours in the recipe is way way too long. Also the bacon does add a good flavor to the soup but the recipe should call for it to be fried to near crisp. The salt needed is more like 3/4 tsp than 1/2 and although I'm not a spicy food fan I did use 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper rather than the 1/2 tsp called for. I also used a large pot one gallon which was just the right size. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup absolutely rocks! I didn't add the extra salt or pepper. I didn't have any cloves so I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon. No leek but added 1/2 of a purple onion. This whole house smells soooooo good! I had extra ham so I added that instead of sausage. I did not cook the bacon prior to putting it in the slow cooker as others suggested. I've already had a "sample" bowl and it's not even supper time yet.;) Making some of those cheese/garlic biscuits to go with it. Yummmmm (BTW it is 98 degrees here in NC today. Why wait for Winter when you have a/c inside the house!) So glad I didn't wait to make this! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I stayed close to original recipe but omitted the sausage and clove since I didn't have either in the house. My husband text me at work to tell me it was delicious. I can't cook so most of my meals turn out as eat able so it was a home run on this one. I went back and forth on whether to fry the bacon first and opted not to. I think that was the right choice because it lent to a better flavor raw. I'm getting ready to make it again but don't have celery or leeks. So I'll see just how much can be omitted and still be delicious. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really enjoy this recipe. The only thing I omitted was the garlic and that is only because my husband doesn't like garlic. Also I didn't have any smoked sausage but I had plenty of ham to make up for it. I did not add the additional salt because the ham I used was salty enough. The only thing I would change for the next time I make would be to omitt the ground cloves. It is a much stronger spice than I anticipated and though my soup still turned out great with it I would prefer the soup better without the ground cloves. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I only used the ham hock for the meats, Better than Bouillion Vegetable base for the stock and water and pureed the soup as my son has texture issues. I altered the seasonings to suit our taste, good basic soup that can be tweaked to suit your family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup turned out really good with leftover ham bone from christmas. I used home made chicken stock dried peas and the hambone as the starter cooked in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes. Pureed the peas with a stick blender. I added sauteed onions and garlic the carrots celery and potato along with the spices including cumin and pressure cooked for another 15 minutes. A quick stir with the stick blender again to smooth it all out. Tastes delish right now and will only get better tomorrow!. thanks for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Husband and I thought it was great. Easy to make. I didn't use the cloves or sausage and used a meaty ham bone instead. It's a great basic recipe. If you want to alter an ingredient or cooking method do it. I really don't think you can mess this up. Thanks for posting the original recipe and other reviewer ideas too. Read More