First, can I just say that there’s really no way to make this soup look pretty.
This is a favorite in our house. Yes, it looks..green..but we love it. We call it ‘leperchaun’ soup. (it’s green..go with me on this) Full of vegetables, this soup will do wonders for your health, tastebuds..it may even bridge communities together. Or not. Either way, you’ll be completely satisified and happy when you’re done chowing this one down. You can make it on the stove if you have more time, or throw it in the crockpot for an easy, fast, I-have-stuff-to-do-today-and-can’t-spend-time-in-the-kitchen kind of meal. I prefer the crockpot version.
1 bag dried split peas
*1 chopped onion
*2 teaspoons butter or oil
*1 garlic clove (or more if you like a more garlic-y taste)
*8 cups fat free chicken broth
*2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
*3 small potatos, peeled, washed and cubed into small chunks
*salt and pepper to taste
*1 ham hock (or leftover ham if you have it)
*wash peas and drain
*in a pot, saute onions and garlic in about 2 teaspoons of butter or oil
*add peas, carrots, ham and chicken broth.
*cover and let it come to a boil
*add salt and pepper
*once it boils, reduce heat and cook for about 2 hours (beans should be very soft by then)
*Make sure to check the water and consistency often. You may need to add hot water if it becomes too thick.
*wash and drain peas
*in pot on stove, saute onions and galic in about 2 teaspoons butter or oil
*place beans, vegetables, chicken broth, and ham in the crockpot
*cover and let cook on low for 6-8 hours
*stir every now and then to break up the peas and combine everything. It will thicken up as it cooks and the more often you stir it. (I usually stir once or twice the first few hours, then not again until about an hour before we eat. Then I stir every 20 minutes or so).