5 slices bacon, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 potato, peeled and finely chopped 1 cup green split peas, rinsed 2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bay leaf salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste parsley, minced, for garnish
In a 5-quart or larger pressure cooker, heat bacon over medium high heat. After bacon has released some of its fat, stir in onion. Cook until onion is transparent. Add carrots, potato, split peas and stock. Stir to mix. Add garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir to mix. Close lid and bring pressure to 8 pounds over high heat. Adjust heat to stabilize pressure. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove heat and let cool until the pressure comes down naturally. Remove lid and serve soup in bowls sprinkled with parsley.
Variation: To make this a fat-free soup, Susan Duncan of Cucina omits the chicken stock and bacon and substitutes 2 1/2 cups water and Better than Bouillon (ham and chicken flavors).
It's not exactly soup season here in the south but I often crave soups in the summer. Fired up the ol' pressure cooker and whipped up a batch of this. My wife thought I was crazy but she loved the soup too!
CanningObsessed November 13, 2011 REVIEW:
I love the function to adjust the size of the recipe. I made it in a pressure cooker to serve 36 and then pressure canned it in 5 quarts with 1 quart left over for dinner.
Guest Foodie January 22, 2010 REVIEW:
This recipe was really good. I pureed it after it was done. My kids loved it.
Dindy July 23, 2009 REVIEW:
I hadn't used my pressure cooker in years and almost came unstuck by adding the 2 1/2 cups stock and cooking as stated. I think this must need to read "2 1/2 PINTS" stock which is what I ended up adding after the 15 minute cook. It was then delicious.
Member since: Jan 9, 2008
Imagesp January 9, 2008 REVIEW:
WOW!!! Just made this soup. The best split pea soup I ever made. Great recipe and the time was right on. Thank you..
Guest Foodie April 17, 2006 REVIEW:
Very Good, I used a hambone from Easter as well. Cooked the onions in butter. Husband said "Awesome, Better write down exactly what you did, best Split Pea Soup I ever had." This is one of his long time favorite dishes, so it's saying a lot. This is my first recipe in a pressure cooker. I think it was very easy.
Guest Foodie December 31, 2005 REVIEW:
Best split pea soup I have ever made (and I've been making sps for 45 years!) Next time I will add 2-3 slices of fresh ginger root for the cooking and remove them before serving. Cooking time was exactly correct!! Thanks.
Member since: Mar 21, 2005
rhycesaroni March 21, 2005 REVIEW:
if you like quick savory soup without having to wait hours, this is good. however, instead of bacon, i used a ham bone from a ham i cooked for easter. i prepared a stock from it by cooking it in the cooker on high with six cups of water. i also took all the remaining ham from the bone (which now was falling off) and cut it up and put it in the soup as well.