Split Pea Soup

Thought I would share this recipe with y’all.  I love soup when the temps start to drop.  I especially love soup that cooks all day in the crock pot.  We got home from small group Sunday night, warmed up some good bread, and were ready to chow down!  I grew up eating this.  My grandpa made it for me all the time, and I thought this was pretty close to his recipe.  Enjoy!
Split Pea Soup
1 bag dried split peas, rinsed
1 heaping cup baby carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, with leaves, chopped
1 cup diced onion
3 cloves finely diced garlic
1 bay leaf
2 tsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups veggie broth
*See note below about adding ham
Layer the ingredients in a crock pot in the order listed.  Do not stir.  Pop the lid on.  Cook on low 8-10 hours, or on high 4-5 hours.  Serve with warm crusty French bread, or crackers.  This freezes easily.
* Traditionally you are supposed to put a big ole’ ham hock in this while it cooks.  Obviously that didn’t fly with me.  Instead I followed the above method, but then added some chopped cooked ham to Matt’s portion.  That worked well.

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