This was very good and an easy recipe for pea soup. I used leftover ham and probably added more than the recipe called for. The first step, boiling the broth, seemed unnecessary so I skipped it. I just dumped everything in the slow cooker and turned it on. I had about 6 hours to let it cook, so I put it on high for an hour or so and then switched to low for the remaining time. The peas cooked enough that they began to break down on their own, so I didn't need to mash anything.