Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup

I tell you on busy days the slow cooker is a lifesaver. Coming home to a yummy smelling house with dinner only 5 minutes away is such a relief! This recipe takes a small (and I mean small) amount of forward planning, but it is so worth the convenience and ease!pea ham soup editThis recipe is hearty, it’s nourishing and it’s really budget friendly. It is free from grains, gluten, dairy, nuts and eggs. Serves 8.

INGREDIENTS

500g green split peas
900g ham hock*
2 medium onions
4 cloves garlic
2 medium carrots
1 large spring onion
2 bay leaves
1/4 bunch parsley
3 peppercorns
2.5 Lt chicken bone broth or stock
*Use the best quality you can find, have a chat to your local butcher if unsure.
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METHOD

You will need to soak the split peas overnight – I promise this is the fiddliest part of the whole recipe so stay with me! Simply pop them in a colander and rinse really well, then add them to a bowl and cover with water and let sit there overnight.

In the morning strain the peas from their soaking water and again rinse really well. This process will help their digestability. You can pop these straight into your slow cooker now.

Trim, peel and roughly your vegies and add to the slow cooker – they don’t need to be perfect as everything will be blended at the end anyway. (Leave the garlic cloves whole etc, it’s just easier)

Add the rest of the ingredients and set your slow cooker to slow for 8 hours.

When you get home from your big day dig out the bay leaves and discard them. Now simply take out the ham hock, remove the bone, shred the meat and add the meat back into the slow cooker.

Blend to your desired consistency (smooth or chunky).

Voila! And there it is – minimum effort for maximum convenience and nourishment. Enjoy!

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