Linda Blair's favorite soup

I heart split pea soup despite the famous Exorcist scene. This is a super simple meal. I start everything in a stock pot and then dump the contents into the crock pot and leave it to do it's thing all day.

Shelly's Split Pea & Ham Soup (in the crock pot)

1 cup dried Split Peas (soaked overnight, drained)
1 1/2 cups diced Ham
2 stalks Celery, diced
1/2 cup Carrot, minced
1 quart Chicken Broth
1 large Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
1 Leek, sliced (white and light green parts only)
1 Tablespoon fresh Parsley, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Butter
1 teaspoon Oil

Soak split peas in water overnight. Drain. Set aside. Saute onions, leeks, garlic in butter/oil till golden.

Add ham. Add peas, carrots and celery. Add broth, parsley and a few twists of pepper. Pour into a crock pot. Cook on low 7 hours. If you like a smoother soup you could blend it to the desired consistency. I used my groovy immersion blender and gave it a few whizzes right in the crock pot before serving.

I needed an easy & comforting meal yesterday. My beautiful honey colored kitty Prescott died last night (he was 18 years old) and I wanted to spend time with my Rose (his Mom) who was looking for him :( She's a bit better this morning but it will be an adjustment for us all not to have Pressy around.

It's been a cruddy week in the world of Eggface. Hopefully the clouds will lift for awhile and happier days are ahead.

Plastic surgery next week. Ugghh. Stomach flip.