I love split pea soup, but it’s not one that I make often. It’s best made when you’ve got a ham bone available. But since I figured out a great work-around for that with my Ham and Bean Soup, I decided to use the same technique for this recipe.
This soup meets all the requirements for the Slow Cooker Soup Series. It’s assembly only, taking only minutes to get everything started in the slow cooker.
I was afraid that my kids wouldn’t eat it. The color is light green (even though the photo shows it to be more yellow). Plus the name isn’t very kid-friendly. However, they all really liked it and even went back for seconds.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb. split peas, rinsed
- 2-3 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 1/2 lbs. ham steak, with bone
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. marjoram
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup half & half
- salt to taste
- Place diced vegetables in slow cooker.
- Dice ham, reserving bone. Place diced ham and the ham bone in the crock on top of vegetables.
- Sprinkle sugar, marjoram and pepper over ham and vegetables.
- Pour broth and water into crock.
- Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
- Remove ham bone from crock.
- Add milk and half & half.
- Return lid to crockpot and cook 15-20 minutes more, until hot through.
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