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.
- 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
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!)