Monday, April 23, 2012

Pea Soup Kind of Weekend

YUP that’s what it was here at The Frog & PenguINN and pretty much a rain event all along the U.S. east coast. An April nor'easter dumped about 3 inches of soaking rains in these parts. Some states even got a bit of snow, but we only had the rain and wind gusts.

pollen patterns (5)The good news – besides the fact that we reallyyoung pine cones (4) needed the rain is that it’s expected to lower the pollen count. That makes me and lots of other allergy-affected folks very glad.

Besides, it made staying indoors on the weekend a very comfortable place to be.

The heaviest rains came all day Sunday making it the perfect day to make a crock pot of split pea soup sinceIMG_1666 we already had a ham bone in the freezer. I’ve made this soup many times on the stovetop, but this was the first time doing it in the slow cooker.  We enjoyed a bowlful with a loaf of bread that Grenville made. He wasn’t pleased with the way it came out, but it was wonderful with the pea soup.

This soup is so easy to prepare and you might already have everything that’s needed. No ham? No problem, just skip it and make this a vegetarian meal,  And, no bread is no problem either as crackers or croutons work great too.

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

  • 16-oz. pkge dried green split peas, rinsed.soaked overnite
  • Meaty ham bone OR 2 ham hocks OR 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 C  sliced baby carrots
  • 1 C  chopped yellow onion
  • 2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 C low-sodium chicken broth
  1. Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last. Do not stir ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook high 4 to 5 hours or low 8 to 10 hours until peas are soft and ham falls off the bone. If you have an immersion blender, you can puree the soup until smooth. (You could use a blender, but this would be a very messy process.)


Anvilcloud said...

Our precipitation was in the form of snow this morning before it turned to rain around noon.

Daisy said...

Oh that sounds so good! We had a cold and windy day here today. It was a real soup kind of a day. :)

Out on the prairie said...

warm soup for a cold day,mmmm

Lois Evensen said...

That pea soup looks wonderful. It's cool here, but no snow - thankfully. My Honey is making lamb and cabbage in the crock pot right now. We'll be out for awhile today and will come home to wonderful aromas in the house. :)

Montanagirl said...

Love your photos! The soup sounds good too.

Sandra said...

we had about 4 inches in the two days and we needed it so bad. most of our heavy storms came at midnight Friday aand Saturday. all day Sunday we got sunshine rain sunshine rain about 4 times, today we are cold at 52 when we got up and 70 right now which is cold for florida

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

AC, thought you might have gotten a white form of precip.

Daisy, Steve,Lois, Mona...we have leftovers for anyone who wants to take a road trip. It was good the first day, but always better the second.

Sandra, guess 70 would be chilly when you are used to 80s and more; we're supposed to get to that temp later this week, but for now it's in the 60s

A Quiet Corner said...

OMG! The Pres made his infamous Pea Soup on Friday and we brought it to my MILs to have for lunch with a fresh loaf of pumpernickel we picked up at the bakery!...:)JP

Elaine said...

You don't mind a good rain storm when there hasn't been any for a while. I imagine all the firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief. We are always dry in the spring and that's our biggest fire season--of course in Alaska there is so much forest there is always a fire going somewhere and we can get smoke into town from hundreds of miles away. No reports so far, thank goodness.

Doris said...

Mmmm, your soup sounds wonderful and I love easy. It was a soup kind of week-end for sure! So pleased the snow didn't show here but it's still kinda chilly.....hmm, chili, that sounds good too!

Chip Allen said...

We left Virginia Beach a day early to get home ahead of the weather. we didn't get more than few sprinkles of rain the whole way only to arrive in time for winter weather, freeze and high wind warnings to go up. We got a few tiny snowflakes and frigid wind chills but it's warming up now.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Split pea soup is one of my faves but I have never made it in the crock pot either, will try that some time. We are packing up and heading out this week, so will not be enjoying home made soups.

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