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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CrockPot Split Pea Soup Recipe

We recently went on a roadtrip south and stopped in Buellton, California at the HOME OF PEA SOUP. At least that is what the billboard said.

Anderson's Soup is a roadside attraction and tourist stop along the highway. The interior hasn't changed in about a hundred million (50) years. 

I talked the kids into eating a bite each, which I'm pretty sure was only because they sell fudge in the lobby.

Do you have a ham hock hanging out in your freezer? Put it to good work. If you don't, that's okay -- you can omit the meat all-together (the broth and salt provides enough flavor) or you can use turkey or pork bacon.

On a side note: we were happy to discover that the soup at Anderson's was not only completely gluten free, it was vegan, too!

The Ingredients.

1 leftover ham hock, with a bit of ham attached
OR 8 ounces bacon, divided
a 16-ounce package of dried split peas
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 cup diced carrot
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

The Directions.
--dump the peas, diced vegetables, broth, and water into the crockpot
--add the salt and pepper

--if you are using a ham hock, add that now. If using bacon, add it---saving 4-6 pieces for later use

cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high for 4-6. I cooked this for 6 hours on high.

if you went with the ham hock, scrape off any remaining meat and discard the bone.

if you went with the turkey bacon, carefully remove the strips and discard them.

Use an immersible hand blender to make your soup a bit more creamy and to have an even consistency. Pea soup is rather thick -- it's kind of porridge-like, and if it sits out it will get a tiny bit of "skin" on it. This is normal.

Cook remaining pieces of turkey bacon on the stove and crumble over the top, or add any additional ham you still have in your fridge.

The Verdict.

I was really pleased with the way this turned out! Way better than the canned stuff.

Happy Slow Cooking!! Have a wonderful day!!

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Patricia Biesen said...

Oh Yum! I will have to try this one. I have some split peas in my pantry I need to use up. I like your turkey bacon option. I'm not allergic to pork but I'm just not fond of it.

Anonymous said...

thank u for the use-turkey-bacon tip instead of pork. those dried peas in the cupboard are gonna hit the pot today. i love your crockpot site.

Anonymous said...

Split pea soup is my favorite (albiet ONLY) recipe that I consistently make in the crock pot. It always turns out fabulous and my husband loves it. And it is very healthy too.

My recipe is very similar but I sautee onion and garlic with some oregano and (my secret ingredient) a little bit of curry powder... then I add all the ingredients to the crock pot.

Was happy to see this up today! I'm a huge fan of your website.

Anonymous said...

I love this site...these recipes are great! I'm using my crockpot so much more now!

Anonymous said...

congratulations on reaching day 86 of your new years resolution to crock pot. my ny's plans got lost back in february.

Canadian Saver said...

Oh this looks very good! I have some peas I could use too...

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capello said...

steph! you're allergic to pork?

oh, my sweet dear. that's worse then being allergic to wheat!

Noor said...

Oh! I too have a few bags of dried peas that I have been wanting to use. I am not a big pea fan but something about this soup makes me want to try it. I just bought a cusinart hand blender and I am waiting on it to get here so I think this will be what I try. Also, I like the idea that you used turkey instead of pork. I do not eat pork nor do my family. I can not wait to try this YUM!

Giabella Designs said...

Thanks for the recipe! I really appreciate you going that extra mile for us "trying to use the crockpot" people! When I get back from my mini vacation, I am definately gpoing to make this. I froze my ham hock, should I thaw or put in frozen?

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Sheri said...

Now I know why I love your blog and recipes. You are gluten and pork free like me. The only converting I have to do is for the dairy. I love it. Thank you for making it easy for me. You have been a blessing.

Kayley Percy said...

i can't wait to try this. Thank you!

Kathynruss said...

I've been hankering for pea soup and thought I'd check your blog for a recipe. Yours looks a lot like mine, but I've never put a potato in mine. Will have to give that a try. When I have my leftovers (which I plan on), I cut up a left over brotwurst in it. Yummo. But your bacon on top looks delish!

Mariko said...

This was great! I omitted any meat and added 1T Herbs de provence when I out everything in the pot. Delish, thanks!

josh said...

If you don't want to use pork or turkey bacon, just use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth. Tastes wonderful!

Ruby said...

I just got your cookbook a couple of days ago and am in the process of cooking this soup today. I had a lovely smoked ham bone to throw in.

My mouth is watering just thinking about this soup waiting for me at home.

Yummy - thanks

BabyBelle said...

I have this cooking in the slow cooker right now and it smells soooooooooo good! Can't wait until dinnertime.

busterp said...

Trying it right now.

Dorothy said...

Just found your blog and you have me inspired to use my slow cookers much more. I have a bunch of them, but usually only use them to keep food warm before Thanksgiving dinner, or to make steel cut oats in.
I tried this recipe tonight with the ham left over from a Costco spiral cut one that we had as part of Thanksgiving dinner and it was really good. I cooked it for 4 hours on high in a Rival 6 1/2 quart cooker and substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth as that is what I had in the house.
I will definitely be making this again, especially as it can be made with turkey bacon.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make this for a post holiday family gathering. SOunds great.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great recipe! I tried this last week using 1 lb. split peas, the Trader Joe's turkey bacon, onion, potato, carrots, and 8 cups of vegetable broth plus 1 cup of water. I like a thick soup and it turned out really nice and thick. I can't imagine putting only 5 cups of liquid (cooked it on high for about 4-5 hours).

Jennilee said...

I've made a similar recipe using smoked turkey sausage rather than ham/pork/bacon. I am allergic to pork as well and bacon in any form makes me feel sick. So that works for us.

Anonymous said...

When we first tried this it was really thick and strong tasting, so I checked comments. After reading the idea for diluting it we ended up doubling the amount of water, and now it's sooooo delicious! We add one part soup to one part water whenever we get a bowl and that's let us adjust the thickness to individual taste. Then the leftovers also only take up half the room to store. We'll be making this again very soon.

sally d. said...

Okay, I can't believe how easy, inexpensive and delicious this recipe is!

I bought split yellow peas yesterday because they were so cheap. Less than a dollar!

I had everything else to make the soup, including some old veggie broth frozen in the freezer.

I did not include ham/ham bone or potato, and added a bit of dried red pepper flakes that I made at the end of the summer. Will have for dinner later in the week. Even without the ham, there is plenty of flavor.

MamaCheetah said...

I just made this yesterday with a hamhock I had frozen after Easter dinner. Wow. I did it old-school, too; rough cut the carrots and onion, didn't peel the potatoes, just thre it all in and turned the pot on. It was super easy and super delicious. My husband proclaimed it was "a whole meal in a bowl!" Music to my ears for my hungry man.

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