Recipe by OhMyStars!
This came from the Los Angeles Times via Liz at Recipegoldmine.com. It was a stove top soup, but the closest I've yet found to Anderson's which is a tradition in California. I modified it just a bit for the crock pot and made it a hair thicker to suit our tastes. You can also add bacon, ham, or ham hocks to enhance the flavor a bit.
Top Review by So Cal Gal
What wonderful soup--the flavor is awesome!! The first two times I made this, I made it exactly as written (except that I reduced the servings to 4; and cooked it in a pot on the stove--instead of in a crock pot). It was very good, but I felt it needed just a little something? So the third time I made it, I cooked the celery, carrot, and onion in a bit of olive oil before putting them together with everything else; and I used half water and half fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth (2 cups of each). Those two changes really seemed to amplify the other great flavors already in the soup--and it turned out amazing. I love split pea soup and this is the BEST! Thanks so much for posting this recipe, OhMyStars!!
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups split peas, rinsed and picked over
- 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1 dash red pepper
- 1 bay leaf
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine water, peas, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, red pepper and bay leaf in crock pot.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cook on low until split peas and vegetables are tender (anywhere from 6-8 hours).
- Press soup through fine sieve and reheat just to boiling point or use hand blender to smooth.