Slow Cooker Apple and Split Pea Soup

It’s been an overcast rainy day and all I could think about was a comforting bowl of soup. I’ve been thinking about split peas all week so I had no choice but to make a new soup. I’m also obsessing with celery root and pear. So I  see another soup recipe in my future.

Split peas are full of soluble fiber, protein, and potassium.  So indulge in this soup for your health, or a little comfort food. It freezes well and is perfect to portion out for lunches.

You can easily make this gluten-free by using a bouillon or broth that is gluten-free. Some flavors of Better than Bouillon are, but I couldn’t find a  gluten-free statement for the No Chicken on its website, so I’m assuming it has gluten. I’ll let you know if I hear otherwise.

Slow Cooker Apple and Split Pea Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 – 8  hours

  • 2 cups split peas
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tb Better Than Bouillon No chicken base
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme (or a few spring of fresh)
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (grate it fresh if possible)
  • 1 Tb balsamic vinegar

The night before: Chop the celery and carrot. Mince the garlic. You don’t need to peel the skin off of the carrot if you get organic. Peel, seed, chop the apple and toss with some lemon juice to prevent browning.

In the morning: Throw everything but the balsamic vinegar into your slow cooker and cook for 6 – 8 hours on low. Taste and add more herbs and the balsamic. You may need to add a little salt if your bouillon/broth is not salted. Puree with an immersion blender and serve.

Comments

  1. Yum! I am so happy you came by my blog and left a comment. This site’s contents sound delicious! Going to add you to my blogroll.

    Slowcooking, healthy, and vegetarian – struck a perfect cord for me! This soup sounds amazing. I love apple in my recipes. Its adds a bit of mellow sweetness. And this sounds like a good rainyday meal. Thank you!

  2. Whoa. This sounds really good despite being an unknown pairing of food to me. Yum.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  3. I just found this recipe and it sounds like a delicious combination of flavours, I love apples in savoury dishes.

  4. Sound healthy and yummy.. need to try soon

  5. Made this soup last weekend and it was delicious. Thank you for a recipe I will be making again!

  6. Just made this – perfect for a crisp fall day!!!!
    Thanks for the idea of adding the apples!

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