Ham and Pea Soup Slow Cooker Style Recipe

Nothing says love quite like homemade does and for those who lead a busy lifestyle using a slow cooker is the perfect way to cook up a one dish meal. The meal virtually cooks itself. You simply pop in the ingredients, leave it to cook throughout the day, and then serve it up in the evening. The crock pot slowly cooks your soup to perfection even when you are away. This ham and pea soup recipe is one of my husbands favorite meals. It is a rich filling dish that is wonderful to serve up throughout the cool fall and winter months. Soup is always an ideal food for warmth on a cold chilly day. You can feel the life coming back into your body with every bite.

Most homemade soups are generally thick and filling and split pea has the added benefit of being wonderfully protein rich. My slow cooker style pea soup is made with the traditional ham included in the recipe which gives this dish a delightfully rich texture and flavor. Homemade soup can definitely be filling. My recipe creates a wonderfully chunky meal that is similar in consistency to stew. You can use a ham bone when making pea soup but if you do not happen to have one on hand then dicing a thick slice of ham works just as well. As there are just my husband and I in our family I don't often cook up a full ham so diced ham is what I generally add into mine, but enough of my rambling let's get busy and cook up a big pot of homemade ham and pea soup.

Ingredients: 
1 cup diced ham (or one ham bone)
2 cups green peas
2 potatoes (diced)
1 onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (sliced or minced)
2 cups carrot (sliced)
1 cup celery (sliced or diced)
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Water (As needed to fill pot to one inch below top).

Instructions: 
Put 4 cups of water into the slow cooker and turn on to high. Add in all your ingredients. Fill remainder of crock pot with water to 1 inch below full

Follow the instructions for meal preparation on your slow cooker. Automatic settings will act like a virtual assistant to cook your food while you are away.

If you have a small cooker like my own and you will be staying at home then you can leave your pot on high till it reaches a boil and then turn it down to low to finish cooking.
If you are leaving the house or just want to let the soup cook on its own then turn the slow cooker down to low right away. It generally takes between 6 to 8 hours for your soup to fully cook in the crock pot.

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