Sunday, February 13, 2011
SPLIT PEA SOUP IN THE CROCKPOT
It also freezes well.
SLOW COOKER SPLIT PEA SOUP
1 (16oz.) package dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty ham bone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 TBSP. seasoned salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
1 1/2 quarts hot water
Layer ingredients in crockpot in the order given. Pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hour until peas are very soft and ham falls off the bone. Remove bones and bay leaf. Mash peas if desired to thicken soup.
Serve garnished with croutons.
Recipe by Diana Rattray.