It’s no secret that I love soup or that lately, I have been on a mission to incorporate more wholesome food into our diet. What could be more wholesome and yummy than Split Pea Soup?! At least that is what I have always heard about Pea Soup! 😂 I have to be honest, I had truly never made or eaten split pea soup before now. So, I did what any smart woman would do…I googled it! I watched some Youtube videos and I read a ton of recipes. Eric always makes fun of me because of my inability to actually follow just one recipe from start to finish. Instead, I usually combine several similar recipes adding what I like to think is a bit of my own flare along the way. Sometimes this approach works out well for me and other times…well, you can ask Eric about those interesting attempts. I am happy to say that this time it worked out beautifully! I truly think this is in no small part due to my Instant Pot. Seriously though, if you haven’t tried one you should. I grabbed mine from Amazon over a year ago and it has changed my life in the kitchen. Back to Pea Soup! Here is what I did:
First. I gathered my ingredients:
1 pound bag of Green Split Peas (be sure to sort and rinse them! You don’t want any rocks or twigs in your soup.)
1 large raw Ham Steak (I bought a pack of two and cubed one for the soup. I cooked the other in a skillet to serve with fresh biscuits)
Three Large Stalks of Celery diced
1/2 Half a Red Onion diced (I diced the whole onion and froze half for later)
32 oz. Organic Chicken Stock
2.5 cups cold water
A tab of butter
Three Small Bay Leaves
Three Large Cloves Of Fresh Garlic (minced)
Black Pepper to Taste (I used a lot because I love pepper)
Secondly, I combined my ingredients in my Instant Pot:
Sauté the onion until tender with a small amount of butter (5 minutes or so) in the bottom of the Instant Pot using the sauté’ setting. When the onions look tender, add ham chunks, celery, and peas. Pour chicken stock and water over the mixture. Add bay leaves, garlic, and pepper.
Thirdly, I cooked soup!
Set your Instant Pot to 15 minutes on the manual setting. Be sure to do a 10-15 minute natural release at the end of the cooking time and then serve your soup! I served mine with warm biscuits and ham slices, but grilled cheeses would be yummy too!
Everyone seemed to be happy with the outcome! I even overheard hubby telling his dad about how good it was on the phone! I’m always ready to try a quick and easy soup recipe. Do you have a favorite Instant Pot soup recipe? Drop it in the comments below! I would love some new ideas!