Simple Split Pea Soup

Margaret G

By
@RedonkulousHomunculus

I love a good, thick, smooth, hammy split pea soup! What a familiar, comfy flavor! But I almost never have a ham hock lying around. I do, however, buy ham steaks regularly, to portion out, freeze, and use for various recipes. I also save the little bones from the ham steaks. It's two of those bones, plus the addition of one slice of premium bacon, that give this soup such a rich, classic flavor, without needing a ham hock or ham bone. If you don't have any bones at all, It'll still be delicious with just the diced ham and bacon. A whole jalapeno will add dimension and smokiness, too.


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Rating:

Serves:

10

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

5 Hr

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

2 c
dried split peas, rinsed
1 1/2 c
finely diced carrots
1 1/2 c
finely diced celery
2 c
finely diced ham (i cut up a frozen ham steak)
1/2
finely diced onion
3 c
water
32 oz
low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp
basil, dried
1/2 tsp
marjoram, dried
1 tsp
parsley, dried
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp
rosemary, dried
1
bay leaf
1 slice
(optional) raw, thick-cut uncured applewood smoked bacon, cut up into small bits
2
(optional) bones from a ham steak
1
(optional) whole small jalapeno, do not cut.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot, cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours

OR

In a large pot, bring to boil on stovetop, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

**REMOVE BONE AND BAY LEAF BEFORE BLENDING AND/OR SERVING**
2
Tip 1: Freeze your ham and dice it while frozen for small, uniform bits. (I buy ham steaks and divide into 4 oz portions to use in various recipes)

Tip 2: Let your nose, eyes, and taste buds feel your way to the soup's done-ness. Cooking times will vary. Use the crock pot for more freedom to roam while this cooks.
3
If you like a creamier, smoother soup, use an immersion blender or blend some or all of the soup (in small batches) in a blender. I blend about 1/3 of mine. Remove bone and bay leaf before blending!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy