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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks

 Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks
Slow cook your split pea soup while you are out for the day and a delicious dinner will be ready when you arrive back home! This is a real stick-to-your-ribs soup. The ham hock gives a great smoky flavor.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
7 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 2 cups each chopped onions, celery and carrots
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salad croutons, optional

Directions

  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the broth, ham hocks,
  • vegetables, peas and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 8-10
  • hours or until ham hocks and peas are tender.
  • Discard bay leaves. Remove meat from bones when cool enough to
  • handle; cut ham into small pieces and set aside. Cool soup slightly.
  • In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Return
  • soup to slow cooker; stir in reserved ham. Heat through. Garnish
  • with croutons if desired. Yield: 7 servings (about 2 quarts).