Sunday, April 15, 2012

Slow Cooker: Split Pea Soup

I have never had split pea soup before, but for some reason I always assumed it would be disgusting. There is no real logic to that assumption, but I just always pictured making the soup out of baby food. Anyways, we had a ham bone left over from Easter, and my boyfriend insisted this was good stuff. So he decided to make this his Saturday project. He got the soup in the slow cooker early afternoon, we went and enjoyed some fantastic beers at the Craft Beer Festival, and came home to wonderful smelling kitchen. I got to try split pea soup for the first time and to quote Anthony Bourdain, "It was good. Real good". The texture reminded me of a nice chowder and having potato rolls handy for dipping is a must. So good. It is a nice thick soup and I am sure the left overs will be amazing. We will find out today.

1 ham bone
2 c. green split peas
8 c. cold water
1 large celery rib, diced
1 onion, minced
1 c. diced baby carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced

Bouquet Garni
3-4 sprigs of parsley
1 bay leaf
pinch of dry thyme
pinch of cloves
1 leek (white portion only, keep leaves for wrapping)
kitchen string

Bouquet Garni:
1.  Lay the leek leaves in an X shape and place parsley, bay leaf, thyme, cloves, and leek in the center.

2. Wrap the leek leaves around the ingredients, trying to make it as sealed as possible.
3. Tie with kitchen string and set aside.

4. Place ham bone (we left a little of the meat on the bone) in a slow cooker with carrots, celery, onions, and garlic.

5. Add green split peas.

6. Add water and throw in bouquet garni.

7. Cook on high for about 5-6 hours.
8. Remove bone from soup. 
9. Stuff face! (Don't forget the potato rolls!).

Might also enjoy:
Cream of Broccoli Soup
(Greek Lemon Soup)
Slow Cooker: Chili Con Carne with Beans


  1. i Love pea soup but was wondering if the plastic bag is required for this recipe?

    1. No it is not required. But I highly recommend those plastic covers because you just throw it away when you're done with no clean up needed for the slow cooker. Nice time saver. :D