Is there anything more comforting and satisfying than a hot bowl of Chunky Split Pea Soup on a cold winter day?
Add the convenience and efficiency of a pressure cooker, and you've got a winning combination for a delicious meal in no time. Imagine enjoying a hearty and wholesome soup in about 30 minutes.
So grab your pressure cooker, let's get cooking!
Split Pea Soup is easy to make and easy on your food budget too. I added plenty of extra vegetables to the recipe for extra nutrition and to stretch out a few more servings.
If you have leftover ham, or even a ham bone you can use that. Or go vegan and use oil and vegetable broth. It would be delicious both ways.
While you could serve it as a complete meal on it's own, I baked up my Grandma Ruth's cornbread recipe into muffins. My husband does not believe soup can be a meal on its own.
Smooth or Chunky Split Pea Soup
Do you like your pea soup smooth or chunky?
I like both, but this time I had a hankering for chunky.
If you prefer yours smoother, do not add the ham until just before serving. After releasing the pressure use an immersion blender, or pour the soup in a food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency. Add the ham and serve.
- 1 tablespoons ham fat or olive oil
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 1 large carrot (diced)
- 3-5 medium round radishes (diced)
- 1 large stalk celery (diced)
- 1 pound dried green split peas
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups chicken, vegetable or ham stock (see note)
- 6 ounces cooked ham (chopped)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Melt the ham fat in the pressure cooker for a few minutes using saute function for electric cooker or medium high heat for stove top cookers.
- Add vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
- Add split peas, stock, bay leaves and ham. Stir to loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
- Secure lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes then release remaining pressure.
- Remove bay leaves. Mash the soup with a potato masher or large spoon.
- Thin to desired consistency with water or additional stock if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.
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Until next time, happy eating!