Week 1 – Split Pea Soup

And thus we embark on our journey!

I suddenly realized that this blog is going to be a bit different from your typical culinary blog.  It seems like most people blog about recipes that they are recommending to others.

I’m going to be blogging about recipes that I find on Pinterest and try out every week.  So I really have no idea if they’re any good until I make them!  And I’m going to let you know what I think, whether good or bad.

Week 1 a

This week marks my return to work following my maternity leave for baby #2.  Despite my best intentions, I accomplished NOTHING during my leave.

I had all these grand plans to organize my wardrobe, de-clutter my house, and work on a lot of knitting projects.  Instead, I watched a lot of Netflix (mostly Criminal Minds, which by the way is a great show!) and just sat on my butt.

I also didn’t manage to get into the kitchen much.  To ease myself back into it, I went with a crock pot soup to start out the year.

This week’s soup is Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup that I found through Pinterest on the blog Five Heart Home.

Let me preface this by saying I am not a photographer.  I also don’t have a good camera, just the one on my phone.  So that’s another way this blog will be different.  The pictures probably won’t be great 🙂

Week 1

First of all, let me just say how much I love slow cooker liners.  They’re not perfect and you still have to wash your slow cooker after every use, but they sure do make it easier!

I followed this recipe as written and it was delicious.  I cooked it on low for about 8 hours, and it didn’t need to go any longer.  Anyone could change up the veggies to fit their own tastes, and I think next time I would throw in some onion.  I also should have chopped the carrot and ham smaller, but I was feeling lazy.  I’ll keep that in mind for the next soup!

One thing I will mention is that I’m not a big fan of meats that have been stewing in liquid all day.  I find that all the flavor is added to the soup, which is great, but it leaves you with a fairly flavorless piece of meat to chew on.  That’s just a personal observation, and my husband actually disagrees with me, so perhaps I’m on my own there.

Week 1 Split Pea Soup


Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

16 ounces dried green split peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups diced ham
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced carrots (or shredded)
1-2 tablespoons minced garlic
8 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced, plus extra for garnish
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place dried split peas, ham, potatoes, carrots, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Pour in chicken broth.
Stir in bay leaf and parsley.
Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (or on high for 4 to 5 hours).
Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

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