Split pea soup

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    Mine needs rescuing. I used the recipe from the booklet that came with my slow cooker and it came out BLAH! Used a ham hock and water, one bayleaf and a teaspoon of salt as the only flavoring. So today I'll add some carrots and celery--more blah vegetables.

    Anyone got any ideas how to give it more pizazz?? What do they add in restaurants to make it creamy and actually TASTE LIKE split pea soup instead of pea-flavored water?

    Ironically, Cup-A-Soup used to make a package that was delicious. Just add a cup of water and pop in the microwave. But of course they don't make it anymore because they discovered Maggie liked it.
     
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    Garlic makes lots of stuff taste better ...
     
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    A little onion and Eve's suggestion a little garlic. A teaspoon of salt seems like too little, I use sea salt now and it really tastes good. I love the taste of celery.
     
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    first it is not split pea soup...its green lentil soup.....whew....now use as little water as possible..cook just till done....use a hand wand and a little cream..salt pepper...you got it going on girl!

    simple is always better
     
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    I like lentils better
     
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    I forgot that it did call for an onion, but that hardly added anything to the flavor. And I had to add more salt. Maybe some celery salt will help.
     
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    more salt, onion, AND a teaspoon of vinegar should be added...maybe even a tablespoon...

    my way...saute squashed garlic in the olive oil, when you smell the aroma, take it out.... then add diced onion to the oil and saute to where the edges turn a little brown....(this will add more flavor) also, add the bayleaf or 2 or even 3 to the onions while sauteing...this will release more of the flavor and oils in the bayleaf.... if you want you could dice really small celery and carrots to the onion mixture if you like....
    then add the hamhock to the onion mixture as well and try to get some spots on it a little browned, this also adds more flavor... if you do not have a hamhock, you can use slightly browned bacon....

    Then add peas, then use canned chicken broth instead of water where they just cover the peas and slow boil...keep adding chicken broth until done... and add a teaspoon or even tablespoon of vinegar...preferably white vinegar but truly, any kind will work, then taste for it needing more salt and pepper.

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    i forgot to say, if you like it creamy, take about half the mixture out, so you have some of it with the split peas somewhat in tact, then you can use one of those hand emersing blendors to smooth the remaining soup, then add some cream to that, and add back in the other half of the soup that still had some texture.
     
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    I've made lentil soup before and added spinnach and it sure had more flavor, although spinnach by itself is also blah. I'll try that, and cream too. I may doctor the batch so much I'll need to throw it out but at least it was cheap!
     
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    NOOOOOOO on the celery salt....

    i made that mistake once...it is horrible in it.
     
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    I can see now that I should have asked here before I made it.
     

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