You don’t hear much talk about Split Pea Soup these days but boy when you get a good one it sure is good.
There is just something so comforting about a great bowl of split pea soup. It is super filling but super delicious at the same time!
I’ve been looking for a split pea soup recipe that is close to what they serve at Blue Plate diner here in Salt Lake. What I like about this recipe (and the diner soup) is that the peas aren’t a blended, dissolved mush. While I’ve been know to enjoy the smooth kind I like the texture of the the split peas in this soup.
Many of them break apart but there’s some good texture from the mix of the broken down peas and the whole ones. And of course serve it with some no knead bread and you’re good to go.
- 1 1/2 C dried split peas -soaked overnight
- 1/4 lb bacon fried in a big pot and set aside, keep the oil in the pot
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 celery stalk diced
- 4 C chicken broth
- 1 potato diced
- bay leaf
- 2/3 C diced ham
- Saute onion and celery in the bacon grease, mmm yummy bacon grease
- Add the broth potato, split peas and bay leaf to the pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes or until you get the your desired texture.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Crock Pot Split Pea Soup
While this is one of the few recipes I like to make on the stove because I like to have control over the breakdown of the peas if you don’t mind them softer or fully broken down the flavor is just as good when you make it in the crock pot. It really is delicious and you cannot beat the convince of how easy the slow cooker makes things.
- Add all the ingredients except the bacon to a crock pot.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
- Remove bay leaf.
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