Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

Freezes well.

1 pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed (16 oz.)
1 hambone, or 2 meaty hamhocks, or 2 cups diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 med. onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, plus leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (may use more to taste)

1 bay leaf
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
11/2 qts. hot water

Layer ingredients in crock pot, pour in water. DO NOT STIR. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. Remove bones and bay leaf.

Serve garnished with croutons.

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