Slow cooker Split Pea Soup
Due to the color split pea soup may be one of the most un-appetizing looking meals. You really have to be in the room smelling the amazing aroma to overcome the odd coloring.
When it starts to get cooler I start to fall in love again with my crock-pot and all the amazing treasures it bubbles up without me having to do anything.
This meal was no exception, my only complaint is that I need a bigger crock pot because I would love to have more to freeze.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
- 1 16oz pkg dried split peas, rinsed
- 1 meaty ham bone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham (or ham shanks which have more ham than ham hocks)
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 ribs of celery
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and other spices to taste
- 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
- 1 1/2 quarts hot water
Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. 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, if desired. Serve garnished with croutons or crusty bread. Freezes well.