Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns


I use bacon instead of ham and frozen hash brown potatoes in this pea soup. It's a good winter comfort food and smells wonderful while cooking. It freezes well, so when my husband and I are busy all day, its a quick dinner for us. I add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. You can also cook whole bacon strips in the microwave until lightly browned. Transfer to paper towels and let cool; crush or tear into small pieces.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ pound bacon, chopped

  • 1 pound split peas, rinsed

  • (20 ounce) package frozen southern-style hash brown potatoes (such as Ore Ida®)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 3 ribs celery, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or more to taste (Optional)

  • 8 cups chicken broth


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  2. Place bacon, split peas, hash brown potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth in a slow cooker; stir to combine.

  3. Cook on Low for 8 hours (or High for 6 hours).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
3g Fat
43g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 16g 58%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 811mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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