Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup has been served at the Diner before, nothing new but always hearty and delicious. In the January 2011 edition of Food Network Magazine, there is a recipe for a crock pot version of split pea soup. Great, I thought, I can let it cook all day, run errands and not worry about a pot burning on a flame on the stove.

So I tried it. Some ham from Christmas (don’t worry, was frozen then thawed), simple split peas; some carrots, onions; a little seasoning and some water and let it go.

The recipe called for 6 – 8 hours on low, so I modified slightly and let it cook the first hour on high, then switched to low. After seven hours of cooking, it smelled right but didn’t quite look right. I checked the peas, hard as rocks. “Plan B” was served at the Diner that night, the split pea soup would have to wait.

The next morning I put the crock pot contents in a stock pot and on the stove top. Within an hour, split pea soup was ready to serve – at 9:30 AM.

The moral of the story, the most convenient way is not always the most effective way. Or was it something else….


  1. Ah yes....split pea soup - the breakfast of champions!