Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns

Barb1970 1

"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."

Ingredients 8 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 273 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 273 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 44g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 17.7 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 1116 mg
  • 45%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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).
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  1. 62 Ratings


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!


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.


Excellent combination of ingredients. We used ham instead of bacon, but plan to try with bacon!