January 16th, 2013

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup




Peas porridge hot.

Peas porridge cold.

Peas porridge in the pot.

Nine days old.

That may be the way the nursery rhyme goes, but it would never last that long at my house.  We love split pea soup.  Granted, it’s not the most attractive meal in the world, but it sure tastes good.  If you’ve never made it before, you might not realize that it’s made from dried split peas that look like this.

You soak them in water overnight, and then the next morning, you’re ready to add more vegetables to the slow-cooker. . .

. . . along with some spices.  I use quite a few spices in mine, and I also add some liquid smoke.  Have you ever used liquid smoke?  I always add some to the ground beef when we are cooking hamburgers on the grill, and boy does it give them a wonderful flavor.  It comes in a small bottle like the one shown in this picture.  And by the way, I’m not endorsing this particular brand.  I’m just endorsing liquid smoke!  You should be able to find it near the barbecue sauce in your grocery store.

The very last thing that I add to the slow-cooker before I turn it on is a meaty ham bone.  You can buy ham hocks at the store, but my experience with them has been that they don’t have much meat on them.  So, I usually use the bone from a ham that I have purchased at Costco or my grocery store.  I like to buy the really good ones that are spiral cut and are wrapped in either red or gold foil.  I buy them fairly often as I can get several meals out of the sliced ham, and then I use the meaty ham bone in this soup.

Slow-Cooker Split Pea SoupServing Suggestion:  Serve with Buttermilk Cornbread.  Mmmm!

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2 Responses to “Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup”

  1. Love me some split peas and love all things in the slow-cooker right now. Do you think I could sub lentils for the split peas though? I have a huge bag of lentils that I should be using, and they just look so much alike!

  2. Melissa, I have a really good lentil soup recipe that I plan to post at some point. I’m not sure if lentils would work with this recipe or not. I don’t think they require as much cooking time, so if you do try it, you might want to consider that. Thanks for your comment.

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