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:
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
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.
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