Slow cooker split pea soup is a perfect, cozy dish on a busy evening.
This is one of my dad's signature dishes, and he was kind enough to send me directions for making it. I took his original recipe and changed it into a slow cooker split pea soup recipe, because of course I did.
I know, this is one of the first food recipes I've posted in weeks that Darrol Henry didn't help me make. You could totally let your kid help with this slow cooker split pea soup if you want. Real talk, though: I just wanted to put on Gilmore Guys and cook by myself this time. Next time I make this soup I promise that Darrol can help! He will love that you add more ingredients an hour after you start the peas cooking, I'm sure.
Speaking of G Girls! I am maybe rewatching Gilmore Girls yet again, and I just watched the episode where Richard asks Emily for Mock Turtle Soup. It looks like it should be pretty easy to veganize, and I'm working on a vegan version. Stay tuned for that! If it turns out well. Fingers crossed.
ANYWAY. You're not here to talk about the Gilmore Girls (please comment if I'm wrong. I would love to be wrong about that.). You're here for slow cooker split pea soup.
This soup cooks for 2 1/2 hours, but there's very little prep time at all. Chopping the veggies took maybe 10 minutes, and you have to come back to the kitchen to add the second round of veggies to the pot. So while this isn't a quick recipe, it is a very hands-off one.
Easy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Split peas keep soaking up liquid long after you're done cooking, so this soup starts out on the semi-brothy side. It's great right out of the pot, but if you can wait a day to serve, even better. The flavors really meld nicely, and it thickens up a lot overnight. The soup in the photos is from the morning after I made a batch.
Yield: 8-10 servings
- 2 carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups split peas
- 8 cups vegetable broth (I used No Chicken Broth)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1 large turnip, cut into a 1" dice
- 1 large red potato, cut into a 1" dice
- Combine the carrot, onions, garlic, split peas, and broth in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 1 hour.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook for 2 1/2 more hours. Give it a good stir, and serve with crusty bread for dipping.