Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Instant Pot split pea soup is perfect for a winter weeknight dinner. It’s nutritious and comforting, plus in the Instant Pot only takes about 30 minutes to make.

Ingredients 🥬
1 lbs dried split peas, soaked (to use unsoaked peas add 10 minutes high-pressure cooking time)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
6 cup flavorful chicken bone broth
10 oz smoked ham
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
sea salt
Soak split pease at least 2 hours, better overnight (up to 12 hours). Drain and rinse.
Peel and finely chop onion and garlic.
Peel and chop carrots, wash and chop celery.
chop ham.
Preheat your Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button.
Once hot, add a little oil or butter or a combination of both and add onion and garlic. Stir fry until translucent.
Add chopped vegetables and stir-fry until bright (about 3-4 minutes).
Add broth, herbs, ham, and peas.
put on the lid and flip the valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes on high pressure.
After the 15-minute pressure cooking time is over, let the pressure release naturally (at least 15 minutes). do not turn the sealing valve manually for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it’s safe to turn the sealing valve and let remaining pressure out but full natural pressure release is always better.
Once pressure released naturally and the safety pin dropped, open the pot, fish out the bay leaves and give the soup a try. Season with sea salt and pepper if important.
Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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