Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup with Garlicky Croutons
Fans of split pea soup will go crazy for bowls of this version that requires almost no hands-on time. If you sop up every last drop of this slow-cooker split pea soup, fantastic; if you have leftovers, even better--it might just be tastier the next day once the flavors have melded. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.
Multicooker Directions: In Step 1, transfer the cooked ham and vegetables to the inner pot of a 6-quart multicooker. In Step 2, stir in the stock, split peas, potato, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon of the thyme. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to "Venting." Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the peas are tender, about 8 hours. Turn off the cooker. Meanwhile, complete Step 3. In Step 4, purée 2 cups of the soup as in Step 4. Stir the puréed mixture into the soup in the pot. Finish Step 4.