Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Happy 2016!  I hope everyone had a fun and indulgent holiday season.  I know I did.  Lots of food and family time.  Now I'm back to gym and staying busy, working on healthy recipes for this month.  You can look forward to lots of veggies, lean proteins and nutritious snacks. 

But for now, here's an easy soup you can throw into the slow cooker and enjoy on a cold night.  It's so yummy and easy to make!  I think it took me about 10 minutes to get all this prepped and into the slow cooker.  Then it's hands off for four hours and then dinner is served.  The only problem being that I have to deal with smelling something delicious all day that is not yet ready for eating.  

Serves 6.

Green Split Pea Soup in a Slow Cooker

1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed, checked for debris

4 oz ham, diced

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalks, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon cumin

6 cups chicken or veggie stock 

s + p

chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except fresh parsley, in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours until peas are super tender with some even falling apart.  Season with salt and pepper.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. 

Vegetarian Split Pea

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I know, I know, I know.  I just made a split pea soup about a month ago.  That one wasn't vegetarian.  Although I'm not a vegetarian, I eat like one most of the week.  

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

splash olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 large carrot, peeled, diced

2 cups dried green peas (or yellow) 

8 cups vegetable stock

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika  

2 potatoes, peeled, chopped

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar  

s + p

In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil.  Sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot 5 minutes.  Add dried peas and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.  

Add stock, majoram, thyme, cumin and paprika.  Boil, reduce heat, simmer 30 minutes.  Add potatoes, simmer 30 to 45 minutes more, mostly covered.  When it's done, the peas will be very tender and with a good stirring will fall apart. 

Add cider vinegar.  Season with s + p.  

 

 

Split Pea + Ham Soup

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Perfect for winter.  Make this on a cold day and you'll realize the merits of super chilly weather.  I used yellow and green split peas, but using only green will give you the color you're used to seeing.  

Serves 6.

Split Pea + Ham Soup

splash oil (olive, canola, grapeseed..)

1 yellow onion, diced

1 carrot, peeled, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups dried split green peas

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 - 1 1/2 lbs smoked ham hocks

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried ground fennel

8 cups vegetable stock

1 idaho potato, peeled, chopped

s + p

In a large pot, heat a splash of oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic.  Cook 5 minutes until vegetables are glossy and onions are clear.  Add peas, thyme, ham hocks, cumin and fennel.  Cook 1 minute more.  Add stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 45 minutes.  Add potatoes.  Cook 30 minutes more.  Remove ham hocks from soup, cut meat off and chop.  Stick immersion blender into soup and blend for a couple seconds or place 2 cups of soup into a blender and blend.  Return blended soup to pot.  Soup will now be thicker.  Add meat back to the soup discarding bones, fat and whatever.