Monday, December 22, 2014

{Slow Cooker} Ham and Split Pea Soup



What do you all eat as your main dish for Christmas? Beef, Ham, Pork, Pasta, Lasagna???? Well if you happen to make the Christmas ham which always has some leftover, I give you the ultimate left over soup to make. My dad has been making this soup for as long as I can remember. This year since my schedule has been so hectic I decided to make it in the slow cooker. Well this totally did not disappoint in any way shape or form.



It came out so good it was like lick the bowl and spoon clean good. It's all about those little split peas. Who knew they could be so delicious! Oh yea and that meaty ham bone also. That may play a part of the sweet and salty deliciousness along with a few other stellar veggies.



A perfect winter soup, filling and flavorful. This is a meal in itself. You'll be glad there will be enough for leftovers! Which you can totally freeze. I gave ya the instructions below.
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Ingredients
1 leftover (meaty) ham hock, mine was from a spiral ham...if you do not have a ham hock most grocery stores carry them with out the meat. You would then need 2 cups of cubed fully cooked ham

1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed

1 cup leftover cubed fully cooked ham or you can use a ham steak and chop it up

1 large onion, chopped

2 stalks celery with leaves, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

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.

Freeze Option: Freeze cooled soup in quart size containers. To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat through in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
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1 comment :

  1. What could be better than a big bowl of pea soup? Great recipe. I hope you have a joyous New Years, my friend.

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