The lovely and talented Sue Ann emailed me and asked if I had a split pea soup recipe that would use up the leftover ham she had from Easter and the ham hock.
I'm actually allergic to pork. BUT! I had turkey bacon in the freezer and a bag of dried split peas that were itching to be soupified.
--package of turkey bacon (or your leftover ham hock)
--16oz package of dried split peas
--1/2 yellow onion, diced
--1 potato, peeled and diced
--1 cup diced carrot
--4 cups vegetable broth
--1 cup water
--1 t salt
--1/2 t pepper
--dump the peas, diced vegetables, broth, and water into the crockpot
--add the salt and pepper
--if you are using a ham hock, add that now. If using turkey bacon, add it---saving 4-6 pieces for later use
cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high for 4-6. I cooked this for 6 hours on high.
if you went with the ham hock, scrape off any remaining meat and discard the bone.
if you went with the turkey bacon, carefully remove the strips and discard them.
Use an immersible hand blender to make your soup a bit more creamy and to have an even consistency.
Cook remaining pieces of turkey bacon on the stove and crumble over the top, or add any additional ham you still have in your fridge.
I was really pleased with the way this turned out! Way better than the canned stuff.