Rating: 4.42 stars
95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 6

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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
8 hrs 5 mins
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 16.7g; carbohydrates 43g; fat 2.9g; cholesterol 5.1mg; sodium 156.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (72)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2012
Great recipe for the crock pot. I used turkey ham instead of the bacon and opted to leave out the red pepper flakes because I don't like spice. I made this a "freezer meal" by dumping everything into a freezer bag (except the split peas) and put it in the freezer. I took the bag out of the freezer the night before crocking to thaw. The next morning I rinsed the split peas and placed them into the crock pot and poured the contents of the freezer bag on top. Turned the crock pot on low and went to work. Came home to a wonderful meal! Will definitely make more to keep in the freezer! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2012
I followed the directions to a T. 12 hours after first turning it on - I still had crunchy peas. I added more liquid (though that didn't seem to really be an issue in the first place but I thought it might help) and another 12 hours go by - CRUNCHY PEAS. I've turned the heat up on the crockpot to high b/c I think that might be the only way to fix it. I don't want to waste the ingredients by throwing it out. It's useless as it is now though. I had been keeping it on low b/c it was not being supervised (first away from the house for 8 hours then overnight while we slept). Now that I'll be home to watch it all day I will see if high helps. If not - I may have to change my review to 1 star. I only gave it 2 so far b/c the flavor & idea of the soup is okay - the problem was execution. Read More
(36)
95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2012
Great recipe for the crock pot. I used turkey ham instead of the bacon and opted to leave out the red pepper flakes because I don't like spice. I made this a "freezer meal" by dumping everything into a freezer bag (except the split peas) and put it in the freezer. I took the bag out of the freezer the night before crocking to thaw. The next morning I rinsed the split peas and placed them into the crock pot and poured the contents of the freezer bag on top. Turned the crock pot on low and went to work. Came home to a wonderful meal! Will definitely make more to keep in the freezer! Read More
(59)
Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2012
I followed the directions to a T. 12 hours after first turning it on - I still had crunchy peas. I added more liquid (though that didn't seem to really be an issue in the first place but I thought it might help) and another 12 hours go by - CRUNCHY PEAS. I've turned the heat up on the crockpot to high b/c I think that might be the only way to fix it. I don't want to waste the ingredients by throwing it out. It's useless as it is now though. I had been keeping it on low b/c it was not being supervised (first away from the house for 8 hours then overnight while we slept). Now that I'll be home to watch it all day I will see if high helps. If not - I may have to change my review to 1 star. I only gave it 2 so far b/c the flavor & idea of the soup is okay - the problem was execution. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
This is the best soup recipe! My husband and I love it! I did make some slight variations. I sauteed the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots before putting in the crockpot. I also added extra garlic (I always add extra garlic to a recipe). And then added 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp of cumin. We can't get enough of this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2012
Excellent combination of ingredients. We used ham instead of bacon but plan to try with bacon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2013
Made it as is and loved it. Second time I borrowed some inspiration from our favorite Indian restaurant. I reduced potatoes by half and substituted chopped cauliflower of about same size as hash browns. Additionally added cumin and curry powder. Yum yum. Even better reheated. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2015
In South Africa a curried stew or thick soup served in a hollowed-out bun or half a loaf of bread is known as a "bunny chow". It is a "meal in one". I add half a cup of fresh frozen peas to the pea soup just before dishing up to make it look attractive. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2013
Pretty good. I didn't have any bacon so left it out and meant to put in the potatoes but got sidetracked. Even so it was a very hearty soup; probably doesn't need the potatoes and ham but I bet it's good with it. My only note is the bacon probably adds salt and flavor; it was a tad on the bland side for me but since I didn't add the bacon I figure that is my fault. I did have an interesting dilemma with the time frame; it was on all day on low but nowhere near done when I got home so I jacked it up to high and it was done after two hours on high. So for those who are having issues with lack of cooking try different temps on your slow cooker. This makes loads of soup; we just finished it this week and made it earlier last week. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2015
This is almost identical to my recipe but I have access to smoked ham hocks which are terrific especially the second day. I'll put a 1 Kgm ham hock in and by the second day all of the meat falls off and the marrow has leached out. Adds great flavour. Another variation is to use lentils instead of peas. More protein in lentils. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2013
I literally just finished my first bowl of this soup and wow! I followed the recommendations of some reviewers so this review may be slight misleading (sorry). Some changes: instead of potatoes I used cauliflower instead of chicken broth I used veggie broth I pumped up the spices with cumin garum masala and tumeric and blended 1/3 of the soup for a more creamy consistency (since I had no starch from the potatoes). Also Instead of adding the bacon at the beginning I cooked the bacon in a skillet in the last hour and a half separated the fat from the bacon spooned a couple of teaspoons in the soup and used the crispy bacon bits as garnish for the end result. It's atypical for me to use bacon at all in a meal but it really made this dish something special. Never had a split pea soup so tasty and I'm proud to say I made it! Read More
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