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Slow Cooker Pea Soup

This recipe makes 8 servings

250 calories per serving

Pea soup is a comforting and nourishing dish, perfect for chilly days or to warm up after a long day. This slow-cooker pea soup recipe is not only delicious, it's also incredibly simple to prepare. Simply gather the ingredients, simmer in the slow cooker and enjoy a soup rich in flavor and nutrients.

Preparation

15 Minutes

Cooking

480 Minutes

Total

495 Minutes

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Ingredients

  • 500g split peas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 ham or ham bone (optional for extra flavour)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water, as needed

Preparation

  1. Place split peas, ham or ham bone (if using), carrots, celery, onion and garlic in slow cooker.
  2. Pour the chicken or vegetable stock over the ingredients in the slow cooker. Make sure ingredients are completely submerged in liquid.
  3. Add thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper to slow cooker. Stir lightly to blend spices.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or until peas are tender.
  5. If the soup seems too thick, add a little water until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Remove ham or ham bone from soup. If desired, remove meat from bone, chop finely and return to soup.
  7. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.

In conclusion,

This slow-cooker pea soup recipe is a simple and delicious way to prepare a comforting meal for the whole family. With simple ingredients and hassle-free preparation, this soup will quickly become a favorite in your kitchen. Warm, hearty and full of flavor, this slow cooker pea soup is perfect for those days when you need a little comfort.

 

A little history of pea soup

Pea soup is a traditional dish that dates back many centuries. Although its exact origin is difficult to determine, it is often associated with French and Canadian cuisine, where it is very popular.

In France, pea soup has been eaten since the Middle Ages. In those days, peas were a staple food for many people due to their availability and low cost. Peas were often grown in gardens and were an effective way of providing vegetable protein in the diet.

Pea soup was usually prepared by simmering dried peas with various vegetables, meats or bacon for flavor. Over time, different variations of the recipe appeared, some including carrots, onions, potatoes or herbs to enhance the taste.

In Canada, pea soup is also a popular dish, especially in French-speaking provinces like Quebec. Early French settlers brought with them their traditional recipes, including pea soup, and it has become a staple in many French-Canadian families. The Canadian version of pea soup is often thick and hearty, with bits of ham or bacon added for extra flavor.

Today, pea soup remains a popular comfort food in many cultures around the world. It is often served as a main meal with bread, or as an accompaniment to other dishes. As well as being delicious, it is also nutritious, rich in fiber, protein and vitamins, making it a healthy choice for family meals.

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