My ham bone from was in the icebox waiting for soup so I skipped the freezer part of this recipe and went directly to the crock pot directions. Followed the directions as presented and added a diced potato (since this is standard in my stove top recipe) and added two quarts of water. My initial result was a disappointment, thin and watery. Decided the flavors were really good and some evaporation would be a certain fix - so I removed the lid and let the soup simmer in the crock pot for 90 minutes. Certainly glad I tried as the results were just delicious and everything a good pea soup should be - thick, comforting and flavorful. Thanks!
Next time I'll double the peas, too thin.
I didn't do the make ahead, I put right in the crock Pot, Comfort food at it's finest. The best split pea soup I have made.
This soup is fabulous. Even Hubby liked it, and he's not at all into soup! I also added a diced parsnip because my non-crock pot recipe includes this.
This is wonderful. The soup was ready in a snap, the whole house smelled wonderful the entire day of cooking. I threw in a couple of chopped potatoes that I had to use up. A lovely thick and tasty soup. Thanks!