Slow-simmered split pea soup

Prep 10 min
Total 4 hours 16 min
Makes 11 cups

Imagine coming home to a big batch of heartwarming pea soup, without turning on the stove. Now that’s a comforting thought! Just pull out the slow cooker and the rest is easy. It’s worth it to use the smoked pork hock – it adds extra layers of flavour.

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Ingredients

450-g pkg
dried green split peas
4 cups
3 cups
3
celery stalks, thickly sliced
3
carrots, sliced
1
onion, finely chopped
2 tsp
500 g
smoked pork hock, about 1 lb
2 tsp
Chipotle Tabasco sauce, optional

Instructions

  • Rinse peas with water. Drain well, then place in the bowl of a slow cooker (or see Stovetop directions, below). Pour in broth and water. Stir in celery, carrots, onion, Italian seasoning and bay leaves. Add pork hock.
  • Cover and cook until pork is tender and falling off the bone, 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Discard bay leaves. Place pork on a cutting board. Remove and discard skin, fat and bones. Cut meat into chunky pieces.
  • To thicken soup, whirl one-third in a food processor, then return to slow cooker. Add pork and stir to evenly mix. Taste and stir in Tabasco. Soup will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Tips: Combine ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peas and pork are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Continue with recipe as above.

Nutrition

Calories 194
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Fat 2 g
Fibre 4 g
Sodium 619 mg
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