Slow Cooker Québécois Pea Soup Recipe

split pea soupQuébécois Pea Soup is one of the most popular recipes in Canada's eastern provinces. It is a rich and hearty soup perfect for the cold days of the Great White North. Québécois Pea Soup is perfect for busy working families as it is easy to prepare in the slow cooker. You only need to saute the onions for a few minutes before adding them along with the other ingredients to the slow cooker. It only requires 4 hours of cooking in the slow cooker on low heat.

Recommended Equipment:
slow cooker

1 pound of dry yellow split peas
8 cups water
1/2 pound of salt pork, uncut
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 tspn dried rosemary
1/2 tspn dried sage
1/2 tspn dried thyme
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Soak dried yellow split peas in a pot of water overnight. Strain water from the split peas. Add the split peas to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the 8 cups of water to the slow cooker along with the piece of salt pork.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in the olive oil until the onions become clear and translucent. Add the onions and the olive oil to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
  5. Cook for 4 hours on low heat.
  6. Remove salt pork from slow cooker. Cut away the fat. Chop up the lean pieces of pork and add it back to the soup. Serve hot.
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