Smoked Pork and Split Pea Soup

 
yield8 portions

An immersion blender is handy for pureeing this soup. Cardamon, allspice, anise, sherry, thyme, cumin, and bay leaf create a rich blended flavor when melded together in your slow cooker. Make this soup for comfort on a chilly winter night, with leftovers for lunch the next day.

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, 8.04 g carbohydrates, 1.44 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium)

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