Prior to marrying my wife Karen the only Split Pea Soup I ever had
was " Campbell's ! " ( my Mom never made it ) I fell in love for a second time ! ( first with my wife of course ) I put my own " twist " on it plus made it in the slow cooker. " It's Awesome ! " ( if I do say so myself ) .
You must use a slow cooker that is newer for this recipe !
See " slow cooker problem #1 " for more.
- 1 - 16 oz. bag of dried split peas - ( I use " Hurst's HamPeas " when I can find them - " see photo below " )
( Any other type " bag of Split Pea's " will also work ) - ( see Tip #1 )
- Some type of Ham to include:
- 1/2 - teaspoon of ground cloves - ( or about 10 whole cloves - " optional " but better with )
- 1 - tablespoon of celery seeds.
- 1 - small-medium onion diced.
- 1/3 - Cup of Shredded carrots cut into smaller pieces - ( " optional " but better with )
- Salt & Pepper to taste.
" Use prior to starting Slow Cooking: "
- 1 - 32 oz. box of Chicken Stock - ( or broth - or even vegetable stock )
- 6 - cups of water.
" To use later during Slow Cooking: "
- 1 - Cup of dry Ditalini pasta.
( " Note: " Only take the slow cooker lid off when directions call for it and at no other time )
- In a soup pot add the Chicken Stock ( or broth ) and 6 cups of water and heat just until it starts to boil.
- While pot is heating add your Split Peas to your slow cooker.
- Then add the cloves, celery seeds, diced onion, carrots, salt and pepper to the Slow Cooker.
- Once the stock and water are heated " carefully " pour it into the slow cooker and then stir.
- Cover and cook on high for " 2 hours ".
- Take the lid off and stir with a large slotted kitchen spoon until the split peas are separated.
( I know its unusual to do this with a slow cooker but it helps to breakup the split peas )
- Put the lid back on your slow cooker and cook on high for " 2 more hours ".
- Then take the lid off again and remove the ham or ham hock and set asided to cool.
- Add the Ditalini pasta and stir again mixing well.
- Put the lid back on your slow cooker and cook on high for " 30 to 45 minutes ".
- Use two forks to pull the meat away from the bone to help it cool more quickly.
- Once the ham, or ham hock, is cool enough cut it up into smaller pieces and discard the bone.
- Take the lid off again after the 1/2 hour, and stir in your ham.
- Put the lid back on your slow cooker for about 10 minutes or a little longer for ham to warm up.
- Serve .....
The reason I try to find and use " Hurst's HamPeas " is due to the fact that a " Ham Flavor Packet " is included with them which always adds that much more flavor to your " Split Pea Soup ! "
The Hurst's Brand beans come in a lot of different variety's for multiple Ham Soups, Chili, Garlic Lemon Lentils, Italian Style beans, etc. and they can be found in the " Delaware Stores " and " New York Stores " noted below.
Go to their website to see the " type of beans " they have,
plus " some recipes " as well by clicking on their logo below:
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