Ham & Split Pea Soup should be a staple. It's affordable and can be done in a crockpot so easily. I don't make it often because I have to live up to my Mother-In-Laws. According to my husband, her's was the best! Which is really sweet and I hope my boys are telling their wives the same things about my food. The poor girls.
I love the idea of a crockpot. However for a family of 9 a little ol crockpot just won't do. I use my Roaster Oven as a crockpot. I googled the temps of a crockpot and applied them. According to most sites low is around 200 degrees and high is 300.
Ham & Split Pea Soup
Split Peas - 3 lbs (I used both green and yellow because I didn't have enough green on hand)
Ham Bone & drippings if you saved them
Onion - 1 Chopped
Celery - 2 Cups Chopped
Carrots - 4 Cups Chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves minced
Thyme - 1 tsp
Chicken Stock - 8 Cups (Make your own large batch Recipe)
Rinse Your Peas
I used green and yellow. Couldn't even tell there was yellow in it. Just rinse them and put them in your pot. Peas do not need to be presoaked.
Rinse & Chop Your Veggies
Clean your veggies. Chop them to desired size. Toss them all in the pot. Today I pulled a packaged of already chopped celery and onions that I had frozen. Then I just put them in frozen.
I love left over meat. If I'm not going to use it all right away I just freeze. You can freeze all the drippings too. Just put the bone and any drippings and chunks of meat in the pot.
BrothI made my own broth. I pulled a package of frozen bones out of the freezer and made it while I was preparing the rest. I posted a recipe here. Then just pour the broth in the pot with the rest of the ingredients
Add your seasonings. Just put it on highfor 4 -5 hours and low 4 - 5 hours.