Saturday, September 10, 2011

Things that make you go mmm...

Things that make you go mmm...

Smoky Split Pea Soup
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 6
This hearty soup recipe is very versatile; feel free to load up with additional root veggies, or if you don’t care for ham hocks, simply top the soup with crumbled bacon once it’s done!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb green split peas, rinsed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 ham hocks (about 1 1/2 lb total)
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Recipe Preparation

  1. In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, combine the split peas, carrots, parsnips, celery, garlic, onion, thyme and 6 cups water.
  2. Add the ham hocks and cook, covered, until the meat is tender and easily pulls apart, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Transfer the ham hocks to a plate. When cool enough to handle, shred the meat, discarding the skin and bones. Stir the meat back into the soup along with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper

This is the BEST split pea soup!!! I just made some this week and it was delicious! They didn't have ham hocks, so we used ham shanks and it was just as good :) It was also my first time using parsnips!

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