Dinner Tonight – Simple and Affordable (Split Pea Soup)

Our schedule has been crazy these days, with appointments and other activities running smack into the dinner hour.  The schedule, in combination with our limited eating-out budget, has forced me to plan ahead even more than I used to and have some meals prepared in advance.

Last night, after dinner, I quickly prepped some ingredients for my favorite crockpot split pea soup.  In case you were wondering, the price of split peas from the bulk bin can’t be beat.  Bring your old jars to the store and fill them up with the items of your choice – it’s a great way to recycle and keep these types of goodies fresh.

split pea soup ingredients

Ingredients for split pea soup

And all I had to do this morning was cut up a couple of slices of bacon (sourced locally from Range Brothers) and toss everything into the slow cooker.

split pea soup ingredients in a slow cookerOn our way home from occupational therapy, I’ll pick up a fresh loaf of country style bread, and we’ll be good to go!  I won’t have to rush around like a chicken with my head cut off when I get home and the kids are starving. Phew.

Here is another great source for some make-ahead meals.  What are some of your favorite ways to feed your family when you are in a rush?

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Split Pea Soup, a simplified recipe
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3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 gigantic onion, chopped
6 cups low sodium organic chicken broth (or homemade stock)
2 cups split peas
2 slices bacon (ideally locally sourced from happy pigs)
1 bay leaf

Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 9-10 hours, or on high for 5.  If you prefer a blended soup, you can use a regular blender (but be sure you are careful and follow these safety precautions.)  Or, to do it even more easily, you can just run your immersion or stick blender through the soup.  Or, you can leave it chunky, of course.
Serve with a loaf of bread and a side salad.

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This makes a big batch of soup.  Want to do something nice?  Bring a steaming mug of soup to an elderly neighbor or give some to someone on the street who looks hungry.  Soup warms the soul and is a wonderful way to share your kindness.

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14 Responses to Dinner Tonight – Simple and Affordable (Split Pea Soup)

  1. This sounds comforting and amazing…what a yummy meal to come home to!!!

  2. Wow, this sounds incredibly delicious. I love the fact that it’s so simple too!

  3. This sounds delicious, Michelle.

  4. Tracy says:

    I just love crockpot meals. This one sounds delicious!

  5. Great recipe! Healthy and simple… Perfect for busy weeknights (with or without kids!)

  6. Michelle Stern says:

    Thanks, everyone! It tastes good the next day, too!

  7. I have your soup in my pot RIGHT NOW. I swapped uncured turkey bacon for the regular stuff (we don’t eat pork) and I threw in some smoked paprika. I can’t wait to taste it tomorrow!!

  8. Ingrid says:

    I love pea soup! Yours sounds wonderful!

  9. Rivki Locker says:

    Yum. I make crockpot meals all the time but have never tried split peas. This is perfect for the winter months. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  10. Jeanette says:

    This sounds perfect for a busy family! I’m going to pass this along to the group of seniors I’ve been teaching simple soup classes to. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

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  12. Rossella says:

    I’ve never used the slow cooker. Anyway, I’m attracted by your recipe. Your soup sounds as easy, affordable, and tempting.

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