I’m taking a break today from the bacon extravaganza and using ham instead. Haha. Though I will be having quite a few more posts with bacon later. Ham is the Jan to Bacon’s Marsha. Don’t you think? Or was that too weird of an analogy? I’ll stop.
This IS about split pea soup. The split peas can work well on their own, without all the ham stealing the show. So use the ham if you want, but it’s optional. I know some people think it’s a sacrilege to put ham into something as good and virtuous as split pea soup. This is a crock pot recipe which means it’s easy. Put all your ingredients in, turn it on, and that’s it. You’re welcome.
Split Pea Soup in a crock pot
2 cups dry split peas
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed**
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery with leaves
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups broth (I used chicken broth)
3 cups water
salt to taste (after it is cooked)
**If omitting the ham, please use 4 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of water.
1) Layer ingredients in a crock pot starting from the top of the list, down. Do not mix.
2) Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-6 hours. Serve with bread or crackers.
Did I ever tell you I hate peas? I HATE them. Taste buds work in funny ways. To me, some foods taste like pure rotting flesh while they taste great to others. And peas taste sour and rotting to me. I don’t know why. I hope my taste buds will corroborate with me one day.
But split pea soup is its own separate entity. Cooking them slowly gets rid of all the horrible things I associate with pea flavor. Maybe the peas break down and, I dunno, it tastes a whole lot better as soup than, well, anything else I’ve tried with peas.
So give split pea soup a chance, if you hate peas as well.
And who hates ham? NO ONE HERE I HOPE.
But, if you are vegetarian, please omit this part. The soup will still taste great though. And you can always have chopped ham as an optional topping for all the meat eaters.
The celery and onions will disappear as they cook into the soup. It does give the soup more flavor though. I tried making split pea without celery or onions once…wasn’t as good.
As I stated in the instructions, if you omit the ham, please use 4 cups of broth + 1 cup water.
If you do use ham, please use 2 cups of broth + 3 cups water.
Do not mix! The peas need to be towards the bottom and not floating around everywhere in order to cook properly.
When soup is done cooking, taste and add any additional salt needed. Some hams and chicken broth have more salt than others.
And there you have it. To make this easy for a work day, prepare ingredients the night before. Turn crock pot on before work, get home, and dinner is done.