Monday, March 5, 2012

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Soups are so great during cold weather, aren't they? Me and my husband enjoyed this wonderful split pea (and ham) soup this past weekend and it was great....and beyond easy too. I couldn't get my hands on a meaty ham bone, so I ended up using 2 ham hocks AND 2 cups of diced ham. I like to actually have ham in my split pea soup, not just the delicious flavor- so I did both. I omitted the celery, of course, because I don't care for it and added just a tad more garlic. Threw it all in the crock pot and I was done! Love it. I definitely recommend this one and will be making it again in the future.

1 (16-oz) package dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty ham bone, 2 ham hocks or 2 cups diced ham
1 cup sliced baby carrots
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups chicken broth

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off the bone.

This recipe is gluten free! Wahoo!

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