Slow Cooker Split Pea & Ham Soup
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Slow Cooker Split Pea & Ham Soup

Prep: 30 minutes
Slow Cook: 4 hours • Serves: 8

1 bag (16 ounces) dried green split peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped ham
2 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley plus additional for garnish (optional)
5-1/2 cups ham bone broth (see recipe)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup seasoned croutons

1.In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, layer split peas, 1/2 cup ham, potatoes, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaf and parsley; gently add broth, do not stir. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours or until peas are tender.

2.Remove and discard bay leaf; stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve soup topped with croutons, remaining ½ cup ham and parsley, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:
321 Calories, 6g Fat (2g Saturated), 28mg Cholesterol, 354mg Sodium,
46g Carbohydrates, 13g Fiber, 7g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 22g Protein