Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

"This is a combination of a couple of different recipes. My husband really likes potatoes in his split pea soup, so this is a variation of a traditional soup. Prep and cooking times do not include time for soaking peas. Also, cooking time DOES include time for building and releasing pressure in cooker."
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  • In large pot, rinse peas well in cold water. Once rinsed, cover with water and bring to a boil on stove.
  • Once it has come to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit for one hour.
  • Drain the peas and put peas in pressure cooker along with 6 cups of the water, ham bone (not diced ham), onions, celery, bay leaf, bouillon cubes, 1/2 of the salt, pppercorns and dried thyme.
  • Put lid on cooker, place rocker on vent pipe and bring to high pressure. When at correct pressure, start timing for 20 minutes.
  • Let cooker release steam naturally.
  • If using a pork bone, remove and pull all meat off and add to soup.
  • Adjust salt to suit your taste at this point.
  • Remove bay leaf.
  • Add diced ham, carrots and potatoes.
  • Add remainder of the water based on your preferred thickness.
  • Replace lid, bring to pressure and time for 10 more minutes.
  • Let pressure naturally drop, remove lid and enjoy!

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  1. Excellent! I used reduced sodium chicken stock (6 cups) and one pound diced ham. For our taste, it was too much ham and liquid, but super tasty all the same.
  2. Fabulous!! Did everything by the recipe, except letting off pressure naturally, and it was a hit!!!
  3. I use an electric pressure cooker. I use 3 ham shanks and add 3 Tablespoons of Thyme, to give it a bit more flavor. I prepare the split peas, then after that, everything goes in the pot, and I push "Start". It is great the first time I serve it, and FABULOUS when I serve leftovers.
  4. I followed this recipe exactly and at 20 minutes the soup was perfect and had excellent flavor. I added the potatoes and carrots and cooked an additional 10 minutes and the soup came out scorched. I was so disappointed as this was my first time using a pressure cooker. I will make again but I will reduce first cooking time by 10 minutes, so total cook time is 20 minutes.
  5. Excellent recipe! I tried this today with great results and I plan to make it plenty more times in the future. Thanks a lot.


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