THIS IS A CROCK POT RECIPE. How awesome is that? Anyway, I love split pea soup! My mom used to make it a lot when I lived at home. It’s hearty and comforting and all of the good things that you think of when you think of the food your mom used to make for you. A leftover hambone is ideal for this recipe, but you can just chop up some ham or go buy some at the store if you don’t feel like cooking up a big ham the day before (like I did, haha…but Dane and Kramer love ham so it was worth it). This soup is pretty easy to make and I can’t wait to make it again! I just need to go buy another ham, haha. Recipe after the jump!
Split Pea Soup
Recipe from the back of the split pea bag, hahah
1 (16 oz.) package of dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty hambone or 2 cups diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, diced
2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
5 1/2 cups hot water
1. Layer ingredients in the crock pot in the order that they’re listed and pour in water. Do not stir ingredients.
2. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. Remove bones and bay leaf. Mash peas to thicken more. Serve garnished with croutons.
Note: My crock pot must be smaller than the crock pot the recipe was intended for, so I ended up using only one rib of celery, because I couldn’t fit everything in. It still tasted great, though!