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The GFCF Recipe Experience: Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

Posted May 26 2011 3:17pm
We have had, even for us in Montana, an unusually high number of "soup days" this year. You know the kind of day I mean - chilly, blustery, rainy or snowy - the kind of day where you know that a hot bowl of hearty soup is the perfect food to warm your bones.

This past Tuesday was the perfect example. After a glorious Monday - sunny, slight breeze, temperatures in the mid-60s, we awoke Tuesday to rain. And not just any rain, but one of those steady rains that lasts all day, with temperatures barely getting above 50. And even though there was only a little breeze, it was enough to make the chills seem twice as bad.

In short, it was a perfect soup day!

And believe me, soup does not get any easier than this pea soup made in the slow cooker. Five main ingredients. Throw them in the crock pot. Set the crock pot on low. Go to work or play the day away. Come back 8 - 9 hours later. Serve and enjoy.

Which is exactly what we did Tuesday. It is so nice to come home on a chilly, rainy day knowing that there a pot of delicious hearty soup waiting for you.


SLOW-COOKED SPLIT PEA SOUP
An original GFCF Experience Recipe


Ingredients

1 1/2 lb dried split peas, picked through and rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4" thick pieces
1 lb cooked ham, cut into 1/2" cubes
Pepper to taste
2 quarts water

Place all the ingredients in the crock pot in the order listed and cook on low for 8 - 9 hours.

Serve and enjoy!

NOTES


1. The cooked ham provides all the salt needed for this recipe. If you prefer to eliminate the ham and make a vegan version, then add in salt to taste.

2. For a smokier flavor, substitute some bacon (to taste) in place of some of the ham. For a smoky vegan alternative, add about a Tbsp of smoke seasoning, as suggested by Mara in the comments. Thanks Mara!

3. I got my split peas from the bulk bin at the local store. If you prefer to use prepackaged peas (in a 1 lb. package) then reduce the amount of water used to 1 1/2 quarts.

4. If you desire a thicker soup, you can mash the peas prior to serving.

5. Not only is this soup hearty and delicious, it is also economical - this made enough for about 10 servings of the size in the picture, at a cost of no more than $6.00.


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