Turkey replaces ham in the is easy and healthy slow cooker version of split pea soup.
This isn’t your usual split pea soup due to the lack of ham bone. There’s no ham in general. Ham is my least favorite pork product plus I had about a pound of leftover smoked turkey meat so I decided to try something new. If you don’t eat red meat, smoked turkey is a good substitute for the ham in this instance. The smokey flavor makes gives the turkey a similar taste.This is hands down one of the easiest soups you can make in your slow cooker. It only uses a few simple ingredients, mainly green split peas, carrots, onion, celery and smoked turkey. My turkey was cooked because I used leftovers but it is not necessary to cook the turkey first.
Water or stock? I used a combo of both. I had about 6 cups of homemade chicken stock in my frig. It wasn’t enough to cover all the ingredients so I added about 1.5-2 more cups of water.
You read the recipe box correctly this cooks for 8 hours on HIGH not low. This is a good recipe to cook overnight. Once it’s done, check the consistency. If it’s too thick then add more water until it has the consistency of your liking. I added another cup of water and let it cook another 20 minutes.
The best thing about this recipe is that once it’s done cooking, that’s it. There’s no food process or blender involved. A result of everything cooking on HIGH for so long is that it literally turns to mush. Normally that’s a bad thing but when it comes to slow cooker split pea soup it’s exactly what you want.
- 16 ounces pre-soaked green split peas
- 1 lb smoked turkey, shredded or chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 medium size carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Water or low-sodium chicken stock (enough to cover and more if desired)
- Add first 8 ingredients to slow cooker.
- Add enough water to cover all the ingredients.
- Cook on HIGH for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Add more water if the consistency is too thick for your liking.