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I kind of feel like I’m working backwards – I’ve posted a few recipes lately, but this was actually the first blogworthy recipe I made after getting back from my trip to PA singing with Laudate Mennonite Ensemble a month ago. Why split pea soup? Well, I hadn’t been to the grocery store yet after my trip so I was trying to concoct something simple using the staple ingredients I had on hand. And some celery that had been cut up in the fridge since before I left two weeks earlier…and some deli meat scraps that Ryan had bought in PA for pennies on the dollar and frozen in his cousin’s freezer, then brought home in his suitcase on the plane. I have an ingenious husband.
The soup was amazing. Hearty, with simple flavors. In case you’re wondering what the other thing in the pictures is – that would be a dairy-free cornbread experiment. It didn’t exactly turn out, and I’ve tried it again a few times since then and it’s still not right, so we’ll see if some more experimentation can turn it into something tasty before soup weather is over. I’m not sure that soup weather is upon us yet here in Louisiana (in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not), but the air has gotten a little less heavy lately…or maybe that’s just wishful imagination on my part. Ryan and I both like soup, and done in the slow cooker like this it’s so easy and heats up the house less than turning on the oven, so I don’t mind soup in summer.
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- 1 pound dry green split peas
- 6 cups fat-free chicken broth
- 3 medium carrots (peeled, coined)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped lean meat scraps of choice (see note below)
- 4 large garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (original or mild)
- ½ teaspoon each smoked paprika, black pepper
- 1 teaspoon each oregano, parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning (or more, to taste)
- Dash liquid smoke
- Combine everything but the Tony's seasoning and liquid smoke in a slow cooker and cook on High for 5 hours or until the peas are soft and broken down. (I used a 4-quart slow cooker.)
- Add a dash of liquid smoke and Tony's seasoning to taste. I used salted chicken broth, but if yours was unsalted you'll need additional Tony's seasoning or salt to round out the flavors. Taste and adjust as needed, then serve.
- The Budget Friendly Cornbread here on my website (or Necessary Food, pg. 168) would be great with this soup!
-I can find Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning in my local grocery store in Louisiana (it's the universal seasoning around here), but if you can't find it locally, you can get it here off of Amazon.