Slow Cooker Pea Soup (or how, once again, I show my husband how much I love him)

Back during my childhood, my mother made pea soup quite often. Everyone loved it and asked for seconds and thirds. Everyone but me. The first few times it was served, I sat at the table until bedtime because I threw big hissy fits. Finally, my parents gave up trying to get me to eat it and just fed me a peanut butter sandwich on pea soup nights.

Before you comment on my parents’ abuse of me (by using the you can’t leave the table until you eat rule), it was the mid-eighties. I wasn’t abused. I was one of nine kids. My mother was not a short order cook. I grew up very well adjusted.

My entire family knows how much I hate pea soup. K loves it. He has asked multiple times for me to make it. I always refused. The idea of making then eating something that looked like vomit repulses me.

I came home last night and just decided to make it since we had ham and dried peas on hand. See how much I love K. It was just like his Mother’s chicken soup recipe. I hate it but since I love K, I made it.

Here’s the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pea Soup

1 medium onion, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb bag dried peas, rinsed
1 large russet potato, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
7-8 cups diced ham
6-8 cups broth (I used chicken)

Sauté onions in olive until just soft. Layer ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. If it is too thick for you, add more broth until it reaches desired consistency.

I had to omit somethings and substitute others because I decided to make this at 9:00 last night.
I didn’t have any celery on hand so that was left out. My big jar of garlic disappeared from the fridge so I just sprinkled some garlic powder in it. There was also no chicken bouillon so I just used plain water.

The ham was given to us by somebody. It was the best ham ever. I could have eaten the whole chunk of it. The cats were at my feet begging for a piece while I diced it up. I may have given in to their demands. I’ll never tell.


I’m embarrassed that my kitchen floor is dirty. But better the floor than the surface I prepare or serve the food on.

Here’s a picture of some of the ingredients.


Here’s what it looked like after everything was in the slow cooker.


When K’s alarm went off at 5:30, it smelled so good. He took some to work and hasn’t come back home yet so I don’t know what his opinion is.

This is what the finished product looked like.


I tried it when I got home from work this morning. I was very surprised but I really liked it. I guess I finally found a recipe I liked. I just had to add just a little bit more salt and pepper to it.

I know what you will say. That just because I didn’t like pea soup as a child, my tastes could have changed as an adult and I could like it. I did try a handful of different pea soups over the last five years or so. I did not like any of those recipes.

Just awaiting K’s opinion for the final verdict, but I think this will be served again in our house.


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