Thursday, February 09, 2006

Split Pea with Ham Soup

It's chilly out there! Here's another crock pot recipe that will warm you up on cold winter evenings. This particular recipe was created by my mother, and is a fantastic way to use up a ham bone and get all the meat off it. But the best part is that you can do it with a turkey ham as well. I have a 4-quart crock pot, so the recipe can be scaled back if you have a smaller one.

1 lb. dried split peas – rinsed and drained
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ham bone, or cubed ham (1 to 2 cups, depending on size of crock pot)
1 small onion, diced
4 to 5 carrots, diced
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 to 8 cups water

Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cook approximately 8 hours on low or until peas “break down” in soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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