Saturday, May 7, 2011

Slow Cooker Ham & Split Pea Soup

This soup was good, flavorful, and easy to put together.  I was able to use the ham bone in my freezer from Easter dinner.  This photo is the soup the day I made it- the next day, it turned much, much thicker and tasted even better, too!  My ham bone provided plenty of salt- I did not need to add any.  So, if you make this and use ham or a ham bone, taste before salting (right before serving- as the cooking process will release the salt from the ham). 

Bonus: This soup has a ton of fiber, and even some iron!  ;)  Yay for fiber and iron!  My boys were scared of this, because of the pukey-green color.  Sometimes I just sigh and ignore them at dinner, lol!  Anyway, my daughter did like it, and took it to school in her thermos for lunch the next day. 

Slow Cooker Ham & Split Pea Soup

1 (16 ounce) package dried split peas, rinsed
2 cups ham, diced or 1 ham bone (meaty) or 2 ham hocks
1 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
salt, to taste (may not need any)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 quarts hot water

1.  Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order listed.  Pour in water. Do not stir!

2.  Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone.  Remove bones and bay leaf.  Serve!

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LadyJayPee said...

I wonder if the boys would like it better if you renamed with some kind of Halloween name (even in May!), or something gross that boys might be enchanted with, and would then be delighted to eat. :-D I just read on someone's blog about a mom who renamed foods to entice her kids to eat them and it worked. They wouldn't touch it if it was the normal name, but they inhaled it when it was renamed.

What A Dish! said...

Weirdly enough- I DID rename it... I called it green slime (after they were unexcited about it in the 1st place) and it STILL didn't work!!