split pea & barley soup slow cooker

 

Today is such a glorious Fall-like day at West Point and I am inspired to cook like it! But with Army football in full swing, we have to keep it simple and flexible.

I found this slow-cooker recipe for split pea and barley soup thanks to a friend. And it reminds me of the wonderful soup they make at California Pizza Kitchen. Ah, another taste of home.

It is easy to prep and you can make it with or without meat – just omit the ham and swap chicken bullion for veggie bullion - so it is vegan-friendly, too. Today I made it without ham (we had none) and with chicken broth. Our carrots and celery are organic, but the onion is not...

split pea & barley soup slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry split green peas
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley (not quick-cooking barley)
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (or 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl or liquid measure, combine the water, bouillon cubes and spices and whisk to combine (it’s ok if the bouillon cubes don’t completely dissolve).
  2. In a medium round slow cooker (about 4-quart), layer peas, barley, ham, carrots, onion and celery. Do not mix. Pour in the water/spices mixture and add the bay leaf to the slow cooker. Don’t stir! Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or on low eight hours, until the peas reach the desired creamy, soft texture. Remove the bay leaf, stir well, and add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve immediately. Upon sitting and/or refrigerating, this soup thickens considerably. Simply add water or chicken broth to thin the soup to the desired consistency before reserving.

Try to grab as many organic items you can to keep it as earth-friendly as you can. Why organic? Remember not every choice needs to be organic, but making a few steps can make a difference to farmers and families alike.

Do you love pea soup like we do? If you try it – let me know what you think! We can wait for the eight hours to pass…