Split Pea Soup – Pantry Slow Cooking

Here in our part of the world (like so many other places), we are experiencing another pandemic lockdown. We are keeping busy staying home, even though I am feeling a little squirrely.

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The other day I posted a recipe for Slow Cooked Baked Beans, which took advantage of things that we had on hand, thrown into the slow cooker for the day, and yielding a pot of comfort food at the end of the day with little effort. Split Pea Soup is another easy pandemic pantry style recipe that is very easy to prepare and can be traced back forever and why not?! This is another dish made all around the world with as many recipe variations as there are chefs. We found the most comforting variation during one of our many winter trips to Quebec City, Canada at a wonderful Bistro – made with whole yellow peas and smoked chopped ham In these days of “nesting” we are happy to throw a few things in the slow cooker and let it go – please try our version and enjoy.

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Our recipe uses dried split peas, an onion, carrots, some broth and some chopped ham. Similar to the Baked Beans recipe, we wanted to use up some frozen chopped ham that we had leftover from our last roasted ham.

PC Blue Menu Yellow Split Peas
Yellow Split Peas from Loblaw

Split Pea Soup Ingredients:

1 bag (900g) yellow split peas

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 box (litre) vegetable broth

2 cups diced cooked leftover ham

1 large diced carrot

Split Pea Soup Preparation:

Rinse split peas in cold water and drain. Add split peas, broth and diced onion to slow cooker. Add 2 cups of water. Turn on slow cooker, cover and do other things (perhaps check out the window to see what the neighbours are doing, or check for Amazon deliveries…..) – checking and stirring pot every hour or so. You may occasionally add more water (or broth) as the soup becomes pasty if it becomes too thick. After 3 hours add carrots and ham. Continue stirring and checking thickness of soup every hour. After 7 or 8 hours, the soup is done!

Yellow split peas, onion and broth in slow cookeer
Yellow spit pea soup

After a few days of enjoying our split pea soup, we placed portions in containers in our freezer to enjoy later. We thaw them, and as they are quite thick, we add a cup or 2 of broth each time we serve them.

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Split pea soup with ham from the freezer

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