I find it curious... (UPDATED with recipe) the same three children who will dramatically act as if you are poisoning them by placing a single pea on their plate will consume not one, but TWO bowls of split pea soup when I prepare it. 

In fact, they even request that I make it at least every other week.  And because it: A) is chock full of peas and carrots, B) is a cinch to layer into the crock in the morning, C) smells delicious while it simmers all day long, & D) makes more than we can eat in a meal but the leftovers freeze beautifully; I am more than happy to oblige.   (thanks again Nancy for sharing the recipe back in my plea for freezer pleasers before we left to meet Darcy) 

Of course, we do call it split ham soup.   We are, after all, fans of Dr. Suess and Green Eggs and Ham!  Guess there is something to say for the power of suggestive marketing after all...

***Oh, and if you ever blow our cover,  you are on my list!  

Since a bunch of you asked:

(By the way, you may take this recipe and use it.  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as we have.  But I'm telling you, if you ever tell my kids that you got a recipe for split pea soup from me, I will have to take you off my Christmas card list.  It is split ham soup.  Got it?)

16 oz pkg of dried split green peas, rinsed
2 cups of diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced (but my kids don't mind the carrots, so I usually use at least 5)
1/2 cup onion, chopped (the finer the chop the better)
2 stalks of celery with leaves, chopped (same as onion, necessary for the overall flavor, but my kids don't like big pieces of celery in their soup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (I never seem to have fresh parsley on hand so I use a few shakes of dried)
2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1.5 quarts hot water
2 - 14 oz cans chicken broth
Makes 12 servings.
Layer ingredients in slow cooker in order given in ingredient list.  Finish by pouring in water and broth.  Do not stir.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are soft.  Remove bay leaf.  Mash peas to thicken soup.  
I have prepared this soup in my 2.5 quart (circular stoneware) and also in my larger 5.5 quart (oval stoneware) crocks.  It thickened better in the larger one as it wasn't quite as full.
Leftovers may be frozen.  I use the large size yogurt containers. 


Ann Marie said...

Ahhhhhh ignorance is bliss.

Traci said...

that is pretty tricky and brilliant!

Cindy M said...

Jon would surely love to be in your family on those days...he LOVES the stuff, and I cannot stand even the kids? No.way. I say again, you are a great mom. I suck. :-) Although I do make a mean pico de gallo.

Laurie said...

1. cute pics!
2. Could you link us to the recipe? I am in SERIOUS need of something w/vegees my kids will eat!
3. I emailed you last week about the video we discussed- maybe it went to the wrong address- can you check for it? Thanks!

The Ferrill's said...

Oh I would like the recipe too. Better yet, just come to AL and fix a big pot of it for all 15 of us! ;)

Stephanie Y said...

Recipe please! My kids will eat peas, well, Sam loves them & Alex knows he won't get any "treats" later without eating all his veggies. New easy crockpot recipes are always welcome!! We still enjoy taco soup. Hope you all are doing well.
Steph Y (Hey Hey it's Flossie Mae)

Tiffany said...

I agree with others - would you or Nancy be willing to share the recipe with the rest of us????

Jenn said...

Recipe... Recipe...Recipe...!! {pretty please}

Andrea said...

Ditto the other commentors. Recipe please!

Nancy said...

YAY! I'm so glad the kids like the soup! Its one of my faves, now if I could only get Noah to eat anything green!

a Tonggu Momma said...

This is the ONE food my husband refuses to eat. I think it's because he had to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for over a month during his childhood. That would be enough to turn anyone off of it, I think. But you've made me want to try it anyway (shame on you *grin*).

Grandma Shultz said...

Yummy, I want some split "ham" soup. I've had it twice at your home and I am surprised how the kids ate it and wanted more!

Stephanie Y said...

Thanks for the recipe!

Our Journey said...

YUM --- thanks for the recipe -- I LOVE (love love) split pea soup!

Annie said...

Your secret is safe with me:) Sounds delish!!

Melissa said...

Pea soup (sorry, SPLIT HAM SOUP) was a family favorite for Chris's family. I may just have to try this to sneak veggies in - I've started giving Matthew those Fruitable drinks to sneak some veggies in, but he just may do this soup!!!

Rachelle said...

Yum! Gonna put this on my meal list this week! Thanks!