Split Pea Soup
 
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Split pea soup is comfort food at its very best. This soup is warm, hearty and satisfying without meat, but you can add browned ham or sausage to make it more of a meal, or add homemade or store bought croutons to top it, as well.
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces dried split peas
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 small celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the split peas, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, broth, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or low heat for about 6 hours and high heat for the last two. If you're using a ham steak or smoked turkey sausage, cube the meat, brown it, and add it to the pot for the last 15-30 minutes of cooking time. Garnish with flat leaf parsley, if desired.
Notes
This soup may be solidified after refrigeration. If so, just add some more broth to it and re-heat it. It will be as good as new!

Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth if you're making it vegetarian.

To make homemade croutons: cube your favorite bread (baguette or even herb focaccia), Heat some olive oil over medium heat, add the bread, and cook, stirring often, until it's crisp and golden.

Adapted from Coconut & Lime's Split Pea Soup with Smoked Turkey Sausage
Recipe by Flavor the Moments at https://flavorthemoments.com/split-pea-soup/