Smoked Pork and Split Pea Soup

 
yield8 portions

Hint: An immersion blender is handy for puréeing this slow cooker soup recipe.

What you will need

1 pound green split peas

6 whole allspice

3 cardamom pods

1 star anise

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped carrot

7 cups water

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup dry sherry

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 ham hock (about 1/2 pound)

1 bay leaf

15 ounces smoked pork chops, trimmed and diced (about 2 cups)

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

(Nutritional facts 40 calories, 0.25 g fat, 8.09 g carbohydrates, 1.45 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium)

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