The Homeplace

Here you will find recipes that will remind you of years gone by. Families love to get together and these recipes are some samplings of our gatherings at 'The Homeplace'.

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Split Pea Soup

Mom's all-time favorite.

I remember something about a story about Uncle Darrell staying with them when they lived in Toronto, and Mom coming home after work to the aroma of Pea Soup filling the apartment - she could even smell it in the hall... She can barely tell the story without gagging. Oh well. It's a hit in our house - it's barely enough for our family so I'll soon be doubling it, and it's a great way to use up that last bit of Roast Fresh Ham that is clinging to the bone.

2 cups dried split green peas (I usually use yellow peas, but the green gives it such an authentic color!)
1 can of flakes of ham, with liquid, broken up; or 1 cup diced ham; or one ham bone with some meat left on it; or one smoked pork hock, approx. 1 1/2 lbs
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. parsley flakes (optional - I rarely have these on hand, but they do make it look prettier)
1 tbsp. chicken bouillon powder (I've also used beef)
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
5 cups water

Combine all ingredients in 3 1/2 qt. (or 6 qt.) slow cooker. Stir. Cover. Cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours. If using ham bone, remove bone before serving and chop up remaining meat, adding to soup. The more ham, the better it is! Makes 7 3/4 cups.

~ Charmin


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