Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

26 May

Sorry for the brief hiatus in posts – I have been under the weather for the past week, and this rainy, New England Memorial Day weekend hasn’t helped! It seemed like the perfect time to make a big pot of split pea soup. I used pork shoulder on the bone already chopped into pieces at the supermarket. You can also use a meaty hambone or diced ham.

Remember to soak split peas overnight in water. Otherwise, you can boil them for 2 minutes (6-8 cups water for 1 pound of split peas), then allow to sit for 1 hour.

chopped veggies

This recipe is for a 6 qt. (or lager) slow cooker. Halve the recipe for smaller slow cookers. (Prep time ~ 20 minutes)

In the slow cooker, put:

  • 1 lb split peas (soaked, then rinsed)
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder (with bone, fat removed. Or, use 2 cups diced ham)
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 cups water

Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or HIGH for 4-5 hours.

Remove meat from the soup and set aside.

Use a hand blender to blend the soup directly in the slow cooker. Alternatively, blend soup in a blender. Remove pork from bones and return to soup, if desired.

split pea soup

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