Oh no, he did not.
Oh yes, he certainly did.
But then... so did I. ;-) BOOM!! My version is super easy to make, full of mouth watering flavor, filling, comforting, did I already mention the flavor? Oh, and the flavor! ;-) Yep, I did a happy dance. It was mortifying for everyone present, but it had to be done. ;-) AND... it's totally clean and healthy! Check out this comparison...
My recipe has per 1 cup: 202 calories, 21g protein, 23g carbs, 2g fat, 4g fiber, 2g sugar, and 92 mg sodium. The ingredient list is clean and wholesome. And yes, you read that right... 92 mg sodium.
Yep, nailed it! ;-)
Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham SoupPerfect for chilly days, this soup is comforting, filling, flavorful, and HEALTHY!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes Total time: 7 hours
By Chelle Stafford, December 3, 2014
1 lb dry split peas,
8 cups Chicken Bone Broth *(see note below),
1 medium yellow onion, diced ,
1-2 stalks celery, diced,
1.5 Tbsp garlic, minced,
4 sprigs fresh thyme,
2 bay leaves,
2 ham hocks (ask your butcher if you don't see them in the meat case),
Tools: slow cooker, Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner (optional), immersion blender (if you don't have one, you can do the blending step in batches using a blender - just be careful, it's HOT!)
Rinse peas in water, removing any funky ones. These don't need to soak, just rinse.
Place ham hocks in slow-cooker (I like to use a crockpot liner to save on cleanup).
Place peas in slowcooker, add 8 cups broth, diced onion, diced carrots, diced celery, and stir gently.
Place sprigs of thyme and bay leaves on top.
Cover and cook on low about 7 hours, or until the meat is falling off the ham hock.
Remove ham hocks and shred the meat off and set aside for a moment. Reserve bones for your dogs if desired (our Sadie LOVES this!)
Using an immersion blender, carefully blend crockpot contents until it reaches desired smoothness (usually just a minute). Soup is HOT, so please be careful you don't spatter yourself (or your kitchen, not that that's happened to me or anything).
Add meat back to slowcooker. Stir.
*Note: Bone broth is a fabulous new product Pacific Foods has introduced - though it can be hard to find, it's worth the effort! Much higher in protein (and "cleaner") than regular broth, it's an absolute wonder! If you cannot find it, feel free to substitute lower sodium chicken broth (like Imagine or Pacific brands) or if you're willing to put in the time - make your own! Here's a recipe I recently found that I'll be trying this week.
When you refrigerate this soup, it will solidify (would you like a slice of soup? lol!) - don't worry, it will liquify as it reheats. If you still feel it needs to be thinned further, you can add a bit of water, broth, or even milk.
You might also be interested in our other Main Dish recipes.