Pea Soup - Crock-Pot

Prep Time
Cook Time
6h 15m
Ready In

"This is from the Canadian Living Slow Cooker Recipe Cookbook. It states that this soup is still the test kitchen’s favourite pea soup. I did make a slight change to the original recipe by adding the liquid smoke. If reheating this soup, you might have to add a bit of water as it thickens quite a bit after being refrigerated."

Original recipe yields 5 servings
  • Optional Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (366.6 g)
  • Calories 466.2
  • Total Fat - 5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 18.6 mg
  • Sodium - 571.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 74.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 29.2 g
  • Sugars - 14.7 g
  • Protein - 32.5 g
  • Calcium - 127.4 mg
  • Iron - 5.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.1 mg

Step 1

In large bowl, soak peas in 6 cups water for 12 hours or up to 24 hours.

Step 2

Drain and Rinse.

Step 3

Place in slow cooker.

Step 4

Add 6 cups water, ham bone, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, liquid smoke and pepper. Stir to combine.

Step 5

Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender, about 6 hours.

Step 6

Discard hambone and bay leaf.

Step 7

Mix red onions with vinegar if using.

Step 8

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with spoonfuls of onion mixture.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Crock pot cooking makes life so easy, and it was ready when I got home from work. I used a couple of ham hocks to have lots of meat. I gave my neighbor a bowl and she called to say she loved it. I had mine with a big piece of cornbread for a very satisfying meal!

review by:
(15 Jan 2014)


Excellent pea soup. I can see why it's the CL test kitchen's favourite. I made a couple of changes. I didn't bother soaking the peas and therefore added more liquid to the soup and instead of using water I used chicken broth. The grocery store didn't have any ham bones so I used a piece of slab bacon in its place. Thank you for sharing.

(21 Dec 2011)