The Soup Series continues – Pea and Ham soup the crockpot way

I was a bit dubious about this at first, but it makes a fabulous soup which is really easy and naturally gluten-free.  This was a huge hit with the 5-year old brigade, because “it tastes like the daycare soup”. I think this is a compliment to the daycare cook! Very filling and nice and traditional.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bacon hock
  • 500g green split peas
  • 2 onions
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • pepper to taste
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves or 2 tsp crushed garlic

Method

Rinse and drain the split peas.

Put the split peas in the crockpot first, then add all other ingredients. Cook on low for about 9 hours (overnight or during the day).

Remove the bacon hock, cool and strip the meat from the bone.

Mash the remaining ingredients. This can take a while and you think the soup is going to be too thin, but it does thicken up.

Add the bacon hock meat and allow to warm through.

Serve with a little extra cooked bacon and either scones or fresh bread (gluten-free of course!)

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