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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Split Pea Soup

I have to confess, I thought split pea soup would be gross. I am not too fond of canned peas (I don't pick them out of things though) and that was my thought of what this would taste like.

I was wrong.

It doesn't happen very often, but yes I was wrong. Hubby also was not thrilled with the idea of trying it, but he likes it as well.

About the only way I can think of descibing this is a spring vegetable soup. It just tastes like spring.

This is great with grilled cheese, or bread or any number of things I can't eat.

10 cups water
1 pound dried split peas
1 pound ham cut into pieces or ham bone
1 medium onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 or 3 carrots chopped
2 or 3 celery stalks chopped

Heat water and peas to boiling, boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and put in crock pot. Let sit for one hour then plug in crockpot. Toss in remaining ingredients. Cook on low for eight hours or high for 4 hours.

Ok, now a confession: if your family is like my hubs, this soup will not be enough for supper. Because most of the ingredients dissolve, there isn't anything to chew so you may want to serve something else with it. If you aren't worried about being gluten free a loaf of french bread or grilled cheese sandwiches would be great.

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