Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crock Pot Split-Pea Soup

I love recipes that take minimal prep time and ones that don't require me to stand in front of the stove for extended periods of time. Because of this, crock pot recipes are some of my favorite. Just chop and add the ingredients, set the temperature and in a few hours the lovely aroma of whatever you are cooking fills the house and makes you feel like you might actually have a handle on this homemaking business (just don't look at the toilet or bathroom sink, please). My family loves a good soup and split pea is a classic in our house (yes even the kids love it). I use a 7 quart crock pot. You will want to adjust this recipe based on the size of crock pot you have. If you do not have a crock pot, you can cook this on your stovetop it just requires a bit more babysitting than the crock pot method.

Crock Pot Split-Pea Soup
4 cups dried split peas
4 carrots
1 large white or yellow onion
4 cloves garlic (more or less depending on your taste—we really like garlic in this family)
Salt to taste
Rinse peas in colander. Chop up the onion and carrots. Mince garlic.
Add to crock pot and cover with 1 inch of water. Set to "High" for a faster cook or "Low" for a more traditional slow cook. Be sure to check your water levels every couple hours or so!

Optional: Pour into blender and blend until smooth.
Warning: the soup will be really hot so I recommend you only fill the blender 1/3 to half full. Be sure to put the lid on before you start blending or else you may have hot pea soup covering you, your counters, and the small child who snuck up next to you while you were carefully pouring the soup into the blender (and who by this time is screaming because it got—of all places—in his eye). Just trust me on this, ok?

You could also use a hand blender and forego the scenario described above (as long as you keep the blender head buried deep in your pot).
Garnish with paprika and a small drizzle of olive oil per bowl.

Feeds 12 to 14 people. (This way you can have left-overs and not have to worry about what to fix for lunch or supper later in the week. Clever, no?)

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