Looking for a budget friendly slow cooker soup to warm you to the toes? This Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Sausage is delicious AND low cost AND easy to make.
 Fall is the perfect time to pull out the slow cooker (crock pot ALWAYS!) and make soup. Today it almost snowed or at least I THOUGHT it was going to snow and to me that means soup. We’re making one last run to get this remodel done so I knew it had to be a slow cooker soup that required little to no actual cooking. I set the peas to cook at noon and left them until 4 pm when I fried up some sausage, carrots and celery to add to the pot. The soup was thick, full of sausage and vegetables and really hit the spot. Alas we got no snow but we did get soup.
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Sausage
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Instructions
  1. wash and pick over your peas
  2. pour them in the slow cooker and pour the water on the top
  3. cover and cook on high 4 hours or low for around 6--all slow cookers are different
  4. when peas are cooked through, about 4 hours later brown the bulk sausage and bacon in a frying pan
  5. clean and chop the carrots and celery and add them to the pan
  6. cook and stir until the sausage is cooked through
  7. deglaze the pan with ½ cup of water or so and scrape up all the great browned bits
  8. pour all the sausage mix in the slow cooker and stir to combine
  9. add the rest of the ingredients except the salt and cook for another hour or so
  10. taste for salt after about ½ hour or so and salt as needed to taste
A few posts ago I wrote about getting kids to eat more vegetables by using a crossover ingredient and in this recipe sausage is your crossover ingredient. It can encourage reluctant eaters to try this soup and even enjoy it. You might want to start with yellow split peas if your kids are super picky, green is rather unappetizing.
All slow cookers cook at different speeds and temperatures so you might want to make this on a weekend until you figure out exactly how it works in your slow cooker.

And I need some advice my slow cooker is 7 years old and the crock is cracked; what brand do you use and love? I might need a new one, this one has seen a LOT of meals/miles especially since we ate out of it everyday for 4 months. So drop me a comment and let me know your favorite brand or features.

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