Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
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Recipe type: Soups, Chilis, and Broths
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Serves: 12 cups
 
Ingredients:
  • 10 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 hambone (see vegan option below)
  • 1 pound split peas, rinsed and sorted (2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups diced ham, reserved
Optional garnish:
  • Sour Cream
  • Toasted Sliced Almonds
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Bacon
  • Chopped Parsley or Basil
Instructions:
  1. Rinse and sort dried split peas, making sure to remove any debris or pebbles. Place in 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add water/stock, hambone, carrots, celery, bay leaves, garlic, thyme, rosemary, pepper, and salt.
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat. Peas should be very tender and vegetables very soft.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and transfer the soup in batches to a blender and puree.
  5. After all the soup has been pureed, add the reserved, diced ham.
  6. Season and garnish to taste. Serve.
Notes:
We recommend using organic ingredients when possible. We also recommend humanely-raised, local meat.

Vegan/Vegetarian option: Make sure to use vegetable stock instead of water and omit the hambone. Before adding the vegetables to the slow-cooker, sauté them over medium low heat and add in 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika. Cook them until soft and transfer to slow-cooker.
Recipe by Bruce Bradley at https://brucebradley.com/recipes/split-pea-soup/