Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Not that split pea soup takes a while to make (they cook up very quickly), but everything is easier when the slow cooker is involved!  

1 lb dried green split peas (rinsed well)
2 cups diced ham (or one meaty ham bone)
1 – 2 sliced carrots
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 celery stalks (with leaves), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
6 cups broth of choice (I prefer using homemade bone broth)

Layer ingredients into slow cooker as given in order above. You don’t need to stir ingredients, just cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours, depending on how much time you have. The peas need to be very soft (and if you are using a ham bone, the ham needs to  fall right off the bone).

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