Some of you are going to take one look at the name of this recipe and turn your nose up! You really should try this, though! This is such a warm, homey, fall-time meal. On top of that, it's cheap, tasty, and really easy. Eileen, from my parenting forum, shared this recipe with us last winter. Thanks, Eileen! Now you all should definitely give it a try! Ingredients: 1 bag dry split peas 2 ham hocks (You can also use a leftover turkey leg or diced ham.) 3 carrots (peeled and diced) 1/2 cup onion (chopped) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 1 tablespoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1.5 quarts water (You can also use some chicken broth for added flavor. You may need to add more water, depending on the consistency you like.) Directions: In your crockpot, layer all of the ingredients in the order given. You do not need to stir them. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours, or until the ham falls off of the bone and the peas are soft. Remove the bones and mash the peas to the desired consistency. *You may need to add more water throughout the day. This soup freezes well.
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.