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Slow Cooker (or not) Split Pea Soup
with baguette / green salad

Active: 30 min Total: 2 hr 30 min

This cozy soup is a Cook Smarts classic, last featured in 2015.
Smarts #1: A small amount of miso added to the soup adds rich umami flavors (that come from chopped ham in the original version of this meal), but feel free to skip it if you prefer.
Smarts #2: The thickness of the soup will vary depending on how much the peas break down, so you may need to stir in some more stock or some water at the end of cooking.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker (or not) Split Pea Soup:
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz, diced
  • Thyme leaves - 1 tsp
  • Miso paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 4 cups
  • Split peas, dried - 1 cup
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Sour cream (opt) - for serving (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Baguette - 1, sub any crusty bread
Green Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette:
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Grapes - 1 cup, halved
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz
  • Pistachios, shelled - 1/4 cup (sub any type of nuts)

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Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, and dried oregano (portion for salad). Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Combine onions, carrots, thyme leaves, miso, dried oregano (portion for slow cooker), red pepper flakes, stock, split peas, and bay leaves in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook until split peas are completely soft, on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Grapes - Halve grapes.

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Make

  1. When soup is done cooking, discard bay leaves. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. If the soup is very thick, thin it with some more stock or water.
  2. Just before serving, toss greens, pistachios, and grapes in vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
  3. Divide soup between bowls and top with sour cream. Serve soup with salad and bread on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, and dried oregano (portion for salad). Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Grapes - Halve grapes.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with some oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, thyme leaves, and miso. Saute until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in dried oregano (portion for soup), red pepper flakes, stock, split peas, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  2. When soup is boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Simmer, covered, until peas are completely soft, 40 to 50 minutes.
  3. When soup is done cooking, discard bay leaves. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. If the soup is very thick, thin it with some more stock or water.
  4. Just before serving, toss greens, pistachios, and grapes in vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
  5. Divide soup between bowls and top with sour cream. Serve soup with salad and bread on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (30)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

Yum! We added a ham hock because we had one and cooked it for 10 hours on low. So good. The salad was also really good too!

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Nov 18, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

34 reviews

So savory and delicious. I added celery. I followed others’ lead and used the whole 16oz bag of split peas and cooked it longer. It was on low in the crockpot for 8.5 hours before the peas were soft enough. Made sure there was enough stock to cover it all. About 6 cups. I also went to the honeybaked ham store and bought a meaty ham bone. Put the bone in the crockpot and added the meat in at the end. Perfect.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Dec 30, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was surprisingly delicious! Kids and adults both liked it. Followed previous suggestions to brown the ham first. Did it in the IP using the timing suggested in an earlier comment (20 min, quick release).

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I used more ham, and I browned it first. I added the onions and carrots to that before adding everything else. It's delicious, cheap and easy and I love the side salad!

By: Liza
Posted: Dec 05, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So, so good. I used the whole bag, added leftover mushrooms and blended it smooth with my stick blender. I needed to add more water but that was just to get the consistency I wanted. Can’t wait to make it again!

By: Delaney
Posted: Dec 02, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Added a ham hock. So good!

By: Stephanie
Posted: Nov 30, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So easy, so good. My 5 year old says that this is her favorite meal ever and wants to have it weekly. I'm inclined to agree for at least a little while... I used cubed hamx2 from the deli section at the grocery store (lunch meat and hotdogs).

By: Allison
Posted: Nov 27, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful