Monday, 27 October 2014

Slowcooker CopyCat Habitat Pea Soup (French-Canadian)....the lazyversion

Inside the Crock Pot - just mashed
If you are Canadian you probably know about the pleasures of Habitant Pea Soup, especially on a blustery day.  This version tastes very close.  For my lazy version I use deli black forest ham because I always have it in the fridge.  However, purists can use a ham bone or ham hocks instead.  When I see them, I buy them for this soup but deli ham does just as well believe it or not.

2 cups of dried yellow peas
8 cups of water
1 onion diced
2 large carrots diced
2 stalks of celery diced (I often skip this as I never seem to have celery in the fridge)
4 slices of deli ham, or ham bone or ham hock (I have even used ham steaks)
1 tsp of marjoram
1 tsp of savory
pinch of thyme
1 tbsp of sea salt
1/2 tsp of pepper

Put peas, onion, carrots, celery and ham inside crock pot.  Pour water on top.  Sprinkle spices over water.  Stir to mix.  Cook on low for 8 hours or 4 hours on high or until peas are soft.  Using a potato masher, mash soup and squish about half the peas to give thicker consistency.  Serve hot.  Even better the next day.