Seriously, this was so easy I am almost embarrassed to write about it! This is my work day recipe when I don’t have a lot of time to do a lot of chop chop. Last night I put this together in 10 minutes. Then I went and visited someone in the hospital, grocery shopped, put groceries away, and all I had to left to do, was puree the soup with my immersion blender, and dinner was served! This is also extremely economical to make. Don’t be fooled, just because this is super easy, it does not mean it is not super good! This tastes like you were slaving away in the kitchen for half a day! Serve with bread or rolls.
- 1 ham bone (preferably with some ham still attached), 2 ham hocks a ham steak, chunks of leftover baked ham
- ***TWISTY TIP*** Use ham bone left from this recipe - http://cookinwithaterrytwist.com/2016/03/baked-ham-marinated-in-red-wine/
- Can also be made vegetarian and omit the above
- 2 ½ cups dried green split peas
- 2 stalks celery with leaves, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, scrubbed, not peeled, finely chopped
- 8 cups hot water
- ½ tsp. onion powder or 1 small onion finely chopped
- ½ tsp. of minced garlic from a jar, or 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1 large or 2 small bay leaf
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. white sugar
- ⅛ tsp. black pepper or more to taste
- Dash cayenne pepper or more to taste
- Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray for easier cleanup, if desired
- Turn crockpot on High
- Place ham bone in crockpot
- Rinse peas in a colander and pick out any stones or ones that look like they don’t belong in your soup
- Place the peas in crockpot with 8 cups hot (not boiling) water
- Add carrots and celery (I mince mine real fine in my food processor, (easy peasy!), garlic, onion powder bay leaf, sugar, cayenne pepper, and black pepper
- Put lid on and cook for 4 hours on high, or turn down to low and cook for 9 hours on low. Do what’s best for you based on your dinner time.
- When done, remove ham bone and bay leaf
- Blend soup with immersion blender right in the crockpot or use whatever blender you have (Remember: Be careful if you are using a regular blender. DO not fill the blender too full and remember that you will be swirling around some mighty hot soup!)
- Discard bay leaf
- Cut up ham from the bone, careful to not cut up any gristle, and add back to pot
- At this point your ham has serviced you well, so toss it!
Terry’s Tasty Tip: Your leftover ham bone from last month’s ham dinner can be frozen and used when you are ready to make the pea soup! Freeze the bone for up to 6 months.