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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Split Pea Soup (slow cooker)

It is rather chilly for Florida this time of year. Usually our summer-like weather lasts through the end of October...I know this because you can never dress a child in a Halloween costume that is long sleeved it is just too warm still. It is nice that we can turn off the AC and open the windows, and actually sit out on the lanai without having to jump into the pool.

The temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees over night, then slowly works it way back up. We are dry and sunny so that helps. The kids at school still come in shorts and short sleeves and I knew I would have to get that box of long sleeves and sweatshirt out from the top shelf in the clinic. That where everyone comes when they need shoes for P.E. because they wore flip-flops, or a pair of shorts because theirs ripped or sweatshirt because their mom didn't check the weather forecast. :D

So Friday I had this boy come in from P.E. complaining about his legs are itchy from the cold weather, and as a matter of fact he was itchy I asked how I could help him...he just wanted some calamine lotion (it's magic you know). The funny part is he asked me if he could get frost bite...I told him not in 70 degree weather so he was pretty safe! :) Ha! Florida kids!

To take the chill off from you... soup is a good start! This is one of my favorite split pea soups, I've made it many times. I found the recipe in Parade magazine years ago, it is for a crock pot or slow cooker. I have made it stove top too, both ways are good, you just have to make it the way that works best for you!

2 carrots
2 ribs of celery
1 parsnip (I used 2)
1 onion (I used shallots)
1 leek (3 inches of green left on) I think I used 2
1 ripe tomato
1 ham hock (Optional - I never use this I just dice up some smoked sausage or leave it out if you want it vegetarian)
1 3/4 cups dried split peas
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
4 cups defatted chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian)
4 cups water
salt and pepper
chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Cut all of the vegetables into 1/4 inch dice and place them in a crock pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients except salt, pepper and parsley. Cover and cook high for 7 hours. Remove the ham hock and let cool slightly so you can shred any meat from the bone and return the meat to the pot. Season with salt and pepper then stir in the chopped parsley. Make sure you remember to remove the bay leaf before serving.

This time I made it in my dutch oven and with a little oil in the pot I sauteed the onion, celery, carrots, parsnips and leeks for about 5-10 minutes. I like to then add the seasoning, I was a little generous with the measuring and I might of added some marjoram and garlic too. Next add the diced sausage then the tomato. I added 4 cups of broth and 2 cups of water, and cooked it for about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. Then add the salt and pepper and add more water when necessary...make it as soupy as you like it or as thick. Stir in the parsley right before serving.

I just sprinkled the cilantro on top, and I am sure my daughter had sour cream on top of hers...

I like soups with a small dice, the peas are well incorporated into the soup so the veggies stand out. Yum, it just seems to warm you up nicely!


  1. I am sure this soup is ultra flavorful! Look at all the wonderful ingredients used.

  2. Love this kind of soup; our temeperature in down to -0 every night ; we need comfort.

  3. Your soup looks delicious! I would have lots of cilantro too! My slow cooker is under-utilized! Got to change that! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the look of this soup, have not used split peas in savory soup before, sounds delicious! :D

  5. Lyndsey, you're right, calamine lotion is a magic. I always had a bottle and kept it in my fridge.
    Love your split peas soup, looks very comforting.

  6. looks delish!

    in contrast to Halloween in Florida - in Alaska you frequently have to buy the Halloween costume a couple sizes larger to accomodate wearing a full body snowsuit under it! :)

  7. I love this soup Lyndsey look absolutely nice! gloria

  8. I like how split peas thicken up the soup and make it more wholesome too!

  9. Perfect soup for this chilly weather! I love split pea soup.

  10. Unfortunately it never waits that long to get cold here in the northeast, so soup always sounds good to me! I love this rendition of split pea soup!

  11. lyn, i can imagine how nice to have these bowl of hot soup, open up all the windows and enjoy the breezing wind!! Luxury!!

  12. Lyndsey, your split soup looks delicious, love the idea of using the slow cooker. So comforting, perfect for this time of the year.
    Hope you have a great week ahead :-)

  13. HA! I'm right there with him. I've been freezing for the last two days. Maybe I HAVE frost bite! I mean, it did get down to 72 yesterday evening :)

    Awesome soup! Great recipe for me to break in my new crock pot with!

  14. Nothing takes off chill like homemade soup. I love the idea of using the slow cooker for this - it would just fill the home with welcoming aromas.

  15. I think I need to buy a slow cooker, I get the feeling I'm missing out.
    Beautiful soup!
    *kisses* HH

  16. I'm making soup for dinner but I wish this is my dinner instead of mine! Looks delicious Lyndsey!

  17. Your soup looks delicious and Bill would love it. I love soups with ham hocks and the slow cookie works perfectly for this.

  18. Don't tell my Mom but this looks way better than hers! It's getting pretty cold here too - need some of your delicious soup to warm me up!

  19. Lindsey-I have made split pea soup for years...but never packed with all these yummy goodness, including parsnips. The color, the texture, and the flavor is absolutely divine!

    I do agree with you on the temperature here in Florida...and I am on the South side. Temperatures have dropped, especially at night, and early AM...I haven't used my AC in almost one week. A nice change...and this is our fall weather this year. It wasn't like this last year. Very refreshing for a change!

  20. Split pea soup is one of my favorite soups. My husband would love the parsnips in it. I like the weather when you can open up and enjoy the fresh air.
    See you soon.

  21. Sonia - love the comfort!

    Quay Po - Thanks, one of my stand-bys

    Rita - Brrrr...that's way too cold for me!

    Kitchen Flavours - I just got a larger slow cooker a couple of years ago, so now I have no excuse!

    Jeannie - You should try it!

    Ann - We also have magic ice...that works on anything!

    Susan B - Yes how different the holiday is down here, of course we don't have those great pumpkin patches to visit either.

  22. Slow cooker and soup..i want nothing else this season :0..yummy and comforting

  23. looks so comforting, esp with the cold weather these days!

  24. Split pea soup is one of my all time favorite fall and winter soups....yum!

  25. It looks like you have some soup weather. Not us -- still waiting for the heat to break. We miss soups in the summer, and look forward to being able to make them again. Isn't it nice to have something like this to look forward to!


  26. This soup sounds really good with your Syria Bread. Yummmm....


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