Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Split Pea, Potato, Ham and Leek Soup in the Crockpot

Split Pea, Potato, Ham and Leek Soup in the Crockpot recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
With a rich ham flavor and a balanced combination of potatoes, leeks and split peas, this soup was a very pleasant surprise. My husband loves split pea soup. I've tried making it for him several times and each time prior to this, I was unimpressed. When I saw this soup earlier this week, I knew I'd be trying it soon. I had a ham bone in the freezer already, so this was an easy meal to create from what I had on hand.

As a child, split pea soup was my least favorite soup in the world. However, this soup just made it to the top 20 in my list. (Top 20? Yes, we LOVE soup.) We eat soup frequently, even through the summer. I just crank the a/c and pretend it isn't a million degrees outside for a couple of hours. Served with a fresh homemade baguette, this was a great meal that required almost no effort.

Split Pea, Potato, Ham and Leek Soup in the Crockpot
recipe adapted from Full Measure of Happiness
(printable recipe)

2 leeks, sliced thin, washed and rinsed very well
1 large onion, diced
8 baby red potatoes, diced into bite size pieces
1-2 cloves of garlic, I used 2 large ones
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon thyme
1 ham bone
1 1/2 cups dried split peas
3 cups chicken broth, if using homemade stock, be sure to adjust the salt accordingly
3 cups water
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Set the crockpot on high and then layer the leeks, onion and potatoes into the bottom of the pot. Then add the ham bone, split peas, garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Pour the chicken broth and water on top of everything.

Let this cook on high for 4-6 hours, or until the peas disintegrate into the broth and the potatoes are tender. Use a fork to remove and shred any remaining meat from the ham bone. Then remove the bone from the soup. Remove the bay leaves as well and then stir the soup.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. At this point, you can adjust the heat to a lower setting. I switched from high to low after about 4 hours and then kept the soup simmering on low for another couple hours and allowed it to thicken a bit while I waited until dinnertime.

23 comments:

  1. I will be making this soup once I start teaching again-- I love a go-to recipe like this.

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  2. YUM! I am not a huge split pea fan but I think I would really like this.

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  3. such a delicious comfort, this soup. nicely done!

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  4. My husband loves Split Pea too and I have yet to find a recipe I like; I'll be certain to give this one a try!

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  5. Love the blog and very nice pics! Im excited to be following..
    Thanks.

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  6. I am excited to make some split pea soup, probably closer to fall though. This looks delicious!

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  7. Soup is always our family favourite. This recipe looks really good and it is a great way to make kids eat peas!

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  8. I love making soup! This one looks flavorful and delicious.

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  9. This sounds so good. I love leeks. I just bought some frozen at Trader Joe's. This sounds like a great fall recipe, which I am so ready for - kind of grilled out these days. I also love that everything goes right into the crockpot without having to precook anything first. Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. That looks worth saving my leeks for. Thanks for visiting my blog -- I responded to your comment there.

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  11. I'm a soup fiend also, so this recipe is definitely making it into my bookmarked list. A good split pea soup is hard to come by!

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  12. Oh, this looks wonderful! And your peanut butter ice cream below is just mouth-watering! I'm going to make it for my daughter. Before going back to Sicily I'll stock up on peanut butter here in Rome, we don't get peanut butter in Trapani. I found you at my friend mylivingcookbook and I'm following you immediately, your recipes are so appetizing!

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  13. Mmm, I love comfort soups all year round too, and I love my crockpot! Looks great.

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  14. I really need to buy a Crock pot! I'd sure do love split pea soup, and not having to stand over a hot stove for hours is definitely the way to go! :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! :)

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  15. Too hot for soup here today! But I do like split pea soup.

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  16. I don't like soup - but my hubby does and split pea is his favorite! And now to make it in a crockpot! Yowzer! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Yum, such a nice hearty soup! I don't even know if crockpots are being sold in Manila but gosh, seems like a very nifty kitchen equipment to own!

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  18. I discovered leek this year and fell in love. Until I started blogging I never knew about it or wasn't interested in picking it up at the supermarket. I'm keeping this recipe for next time I buy leeks. I only have 2 recipes so far and I needed more leek recipe. ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. ::::::drooling:::::
    Over the last week...over all the great recipes!
    If I had the time to cook all these it sure would put on some much needed weight before chemo...lol

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  20. I'm veggie, so I'd leave out the ham, but now I really want to make soup! :)

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  21. On my list again for next week! I love this recipe.

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  22. Ok... So I made this soup yesterday while I was at work and when I got home... My whole house smelled amazing! I followed the recipe step by step but I did a couple add ins: I uses the 1 ham bone(I always have at least 2 in the freezer on hand) and I used 2 small ham hocks and about a 1/2 cup if halved baby carrots. It was sooo good and this will definitely be going into my recipe folder... Thanks so much!!

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