Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Busy Mom's Best Ever Split Pea with Ham Soup (crockpot)

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So my crockpot is like my BFF, no, I'm not joking... I LOVE my crockpot!!  We have been through many adventures together!!  I lovingly clean and coo to her (I've named her Lola by the way, because she's just shiny, silver and sexy), she in turn gives me amazing meals.  What's not to love??
That being said, I rely on her especially on weeknights because you know, life.... children with activities, add in the amazing chores (you know, laundry, lunches, cleaning), throw in a few social get together... and heck, I'm lucky to know what day of the week it is!!  With just a few minutes of prep the night before, your crockpot can and will become your new best friend!!  Name them, THEY LOVE IT!! :-)

One of my favorite dishes to make in the crockpot is hearty soups, LOVE THEM!!  One of my patient's gave me this recipe many years ago, and let me tell you, it's the best split pea soup with ham EVER!!! I've made just a couple of changes (mostly to suit crockpot cooking), spoon licking good!! Ready for the recipe?

Here we go:

Ingredients:
1 Ham bone with ham
1 package split peas
1-1/2 cups (2 medium) carrots diced
1-1/2 cups (2 medium) stalks celery diced
1 large onion diced
1 - 32 oz (or 4 cups) chicken broth
4-5 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
4 oz (small pkg) or 1/2 cup instant potato flakes

Directions:
The night before  you are going to make the soup, gather your ingredients and prep your veggies, it takes just a few minutes.




I then store the veggies in water with a lid in the fridge.  In the morning, I'm all ready to go!!

Pick through and rinse your split peas.  Add to the crockpot.  Add your diced veggies, then add your ham bone in the center of the veggies and peas.


Next add your chicken broth,  salt, pepper and bay leaf, stir your mixture.  Finally, add your water till your ham bone is covered.  Turn crockpot onto low and let soup mixture cook for 8-10 hours.
Take ham bone out of crockpot.  Let cool till be able to shred meat off the bone. Fish out the bay leaf and discard. As bone is cooling, using your immersion blender (or if you want to use the blender method, just be careful when pouring the very hot mixture), puree your mixture till your desired consistency.  I like to puree mine silky, but still leave some carrots, for texture.  Here comes the secret ingredient.  Add your instant flaked potatoes in increments, and using a whisk, make sure all the potatoes are dissolved.  The soup will be nice and thick and creamy and oh my oh my... just delicious!!  *Lola is beaming ear to ear she is* ;-)


Add your shredded ham back into the soup and stir. 


My favorite way to serve this is with homemade croutons and a nice crusty slice of bread, but for dipping of course!!! ;-)


I love how thick and creamy this soup is, but still have chunks of ham and carrots for consistency and just DOWNRIGHT GOODNESS!!!  This recipe is definitely worth a try!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

8 comments :

  1. Love split pea soup!!!

    This winter my crockpot finally quit after 14 years...LOL. So, I upgraded and bought one that has a timer, etc. I used it to make a roast chicken last week and it was delicious :)

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    1. What kind of crockpot did you purchase Colleen? I am so staying away from "Rival" brands...
      The last one I bought (Lola ;-) ) is "crockpot" the namebrand, and the difference in heat is amazing... the Rival alway's cooks to high, even when it's on warm.

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  2. This looks simply incredible..a favorite cold weather or anytime dish! :) Must try!!

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    1. Thank you Melissa, it is seriously good eats!! I get the BEST recipes from my patient's I tell you!!
      There pearls of wisdom and experience is next to NONE of any cookbook IMHO!

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  3. Just posted this to my FB Page...thank you!!

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  4. I didn't have a ham bone when I did this, so I used chopped up black forest ham, and I added it to the crock pot with my peas and veggies. Once it was time to puree it. I used my blender because my hand held one broke, And I think my soup became thicker because of the ham...
    After everything was pureed I added more chopped up ham onto the top.
    It was delish
    Ps I didnt have to use mashed potatoes because it was already thick!

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    1. Jasmine thank you so much! ♥ What an awesome idea to add the ham and puree it in instead of the mashed potatoes. I will definitely try it for next time.
      Thank you again!

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