Spunky's Mums Pea & Ham soup
You will need;
*1 packet of yellow or green dried split peas 500gram
(If making a large pot of soup i use 1kg)
*Ham bones or bacon bones, or you can use smoked ham hocks from the deli. (i tend to buy a big ham on the bone, and make up lots of things like quiches, dh sandwiches for work and use some of the extra meat to add to my soup)
*Couple of carrots grated.
*2 large diced onions.
you can also add celery too!
Soak the dried peas the day before you are going to use them as this will soften them up and help with the cooking process. (mind you they STINK!)
The day of making the soup put the bacon bones or hocks into a large pot cover with water leave about 3 inches from the top bring this to the boil and turn down to a gentle simmer after about 1 hour. (I actually did this part on the stove top!)
Take bone out, and take off all the extra meat you can, leaving bone bare.
Then transfer it all to the slow cooker,use the water from the ham, add the strained split peas and add carrots and onions,and any extra ham/bacon you would like to add.
cook for a further 1 hour, on a high heat, or 2 to 3 hours on a low heat.
Taste to see how much salt you may need this depends on your taste as the bacon bones and hocks can be salty. Most times it wont need to be added.
The soup will keep in the freezer for about 6 to 8 months and will keep in the fridge covered for about 4 days.
At the end, i find it is a little too chunky for my liking, so i get my hand held blender and stick it in the pot to blend 3/4s of it. It takes 30 seconds, but makes the difference!
Hope you like smile]
[Edited on 03/04/2008]
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