As a kid, I thought the concept of pea soup was gross. But in my adulthood — and particularly this Winter — I've become obsessed with split pea soup.

With its complex characteristics — it's smoky, creamy, porky, and fresh flavored all at once — this soup is nothing short of sophisticated.

The only simple aspect of this rendition is the slow cooker preparation, it really requires no attention at all. To see the recipe, read more.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

Split Pea Soup With Ham

Split Pea Soup With Ham

Ingredients

1 (16-oz) package dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty ham bone, 2 ham hocks or 2 cups diced ham
1 cup sliced baby carrots
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups chicken broth

Directions

  1. Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last. Do not stir ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off the bone.

Serves 4 as a meal or 8 as a starter.

Per serving (about 14oz/393g-wt.): 260 calories (40 from fat), 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 34g total carbohydrate (13g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 23g protein