Split Pea Soup with Slow Cooker Homemade “Cheater” Stock

Split Pea Soup with Slow Cooker Homemade Stock - get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

How to make homemade “cheater” stock in your slow cooker

  1. After roasting a turkey, chicken or a pig (like at a barbecue), take the carcass or bones and place them in your slow cooker.  Cover with water.
  2. Add some herbs to the water – thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, etc. Dried or fresh will work.
  3. Add some crushed garlic cloves. Cut up an onion, a couple of carrots, parsnips, and some stocks of celery and add them all to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Remove large pieces from the slow cooker and strain the liquid into freezer containers. Freezer and label with date. Pour liquid into a couple of ice cube trays. Freeze and store cubes in ziplock freezer bags to use when you just need a little stock in your cooking.

Split Pea Soup with Slow Cooker Homemade Stock - get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Making Grandma Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup

Besides using stock instead of bullion cubes in my Split Pea Soup (I used ham stock, not stock and water as in the original split pea recipe), I also used grocery store brand organic split peas instead of regular split peas. They’re about a dollar more per pound.

I also decided to sauté and caramelize the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor to the Split Pea Soup. I didn’t use any carrots because I forgot! Oops! You can use carrots if you wish as that would add some nice color to the soup. Otherwise, I pretty much stuck to Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup recipe and it turned out great. My husband raved about it and said I should add it my regular recipe rotation!

Next time, I’m going to make a double Split Pea Soup batch since it took very little time for this batch to disappear.

Split Pea Soup with Slow Cooker Homemade Stock - get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Split Pea Soup

Based on a recipe from Woman’s Day magazine


  • 1 pound organic split peas
  • 6 cups stock (you can use beef, chicken, ham or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Pour peas on to a plate to check that there are no rocks or other foreign objects in with the peas.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium high heat. Add onions, minced garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Stirring frequently, sauté until onions soften, start to brown and caramelize.
  3. Add stock and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or until peas are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. You can puree the soup in a blender, a food processor, or with a wand blender if you wish.
  5. Serve with gluten free bread and a nice side salad.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

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24 thoughts on “Split Pea Soup with Slow Cooker Homemade “Cheater” Stock

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      The advantage of having the yearly pig roast is having the leftover bones to make stock from! It’s such a big animal that I have to freeze the bones and make the stock in batches. Inevitably, I find another bag of bones under a pile of frozen cheese or bread.

  1. Grandma Loy

    I am so glad that you and your hubby liked the soup. It is one of our favorites, and I make it often. I actually do keep homemade chicken broth in the freezer more now than when I posted the recipe. It is great that you included the directions to make it. Recently when I make this soup, I include some diced red pepper along with the carrot which makes are really pretty dish. I love your soup bowls, by the way. So cute. Will miss you in Secret Recipe Club, but I keep up with your posts via email. Have a great week.

  2. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    I absolutely adore split pea soup and this sounds delicious! Your photography, as always, is incredible! I am so glad I got to cook from your blog before you decided to leave SRC. I look forward to continuing to cook from your blog because I have a lot of recipes bookmarked! Great post! :)

  3. Kate

    I love split pea soup! Your changes kick it up to the next level. Sorry to read that you are leaving the group. It has been nice cooking with you.


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