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Without doubt this nourishing split pea soup will sit on a healthy side of your cook book. Made with wholesome ingredients, it boasts of versatility. Changing or adding some interesting ingredients, you can make it Keto friendly, vegetarian, vegan, or go old-fashioned style.
But what unites any of these split pea soup varieties is that each recipe is full of healthy fiber and protein. As a reminder, a high fiber diet promotes blood sugar control and curbs appetite. Both are important in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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This incredibly easy to make recipe is one of my food staples for the entire family. Be it winter or summer, I always make this soup with different herbs and side dishes.
How to Make a Split Pea Soup in an Instant Pot?
Using an Instant Pot or any pressure cooker simplifies a process of cooking any soup recipe. For example this split pea soup recipe has two steps to follow.
The first step is to saute the onion and garlic base to allow all the aromas to come out and infuse all ingredients in the soup.
And the second step is to add all the ingredients into the pot and allow the pot to cook your meal. These simple steps in preparation of this soup make it an attractive alternative to top stove cooking. The best thing is that you don’t need to watch the pot while it cooks, literally!
I have also researched the process that takes place inside the pressure cooker. The ingredients do not deteriorate to the extent that all the good stuff, vitamins and minerals, are gone. The pressurizing process has been created to preserve the wholesomeness of any meal.
This is another Instant Pot recipe that stores well in the freezer – Stuffed Pepper Soup.
The soup stores well in the refrigerator for several days. And if you like to make batches of soup and freeze them for a quick lunch or dinner, do it! A split pea soup can be frozen for 2-3 months.
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What Can You Eat With A Split Pea Soup?
I make a vegetarian version of the split pea soup. Then I cook a few things that are great to add into the soup and offer it as an option to my family. One of the things that my kids love is baby potatoes seasoned with herbs and cooked in olive oil. They are a delicious crispy addition to the soup. In addition, potatoes do have healthy carbs that our bodies need. The kids either add these “babies” into the soup or eat them from the plate.
Cooking a cup of bacon and adding it to the soup works great, too. Did you know that bacon fats are really good for our healthy functioning? My dietician friend recommends to save the bacon fat and use it cooking other meals.
You can add some freshly baked thin crust breads. I make this Pear Rosemary Flatbread from scratch for years now. Everybody loves it!
My constant staple in serving this delicious soup is fresh herbs. They add an aroma that is so home-feeling and warm and brings the memories from my childhood when my mom was cooking for us. I use different herbs from cilantro to dill to scallions. All of them add an unforgettable and memory-forming experience.
Cooking for my family gives me a deep satisfaction knowing that they will enjoy a wholesome food like this nourishing split pea soup.
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
An Instant Pot Split Pea soup that is made with delicious spices and add-ons in an easy and convenient way.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 medium size onion chopped
- 2 medium size carrots chopped
- 2 sticks celery chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken or bone broth
- 2 cups water I use spring water, not tap water
- 4 cups split peas raw, uncooked
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 Bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add the oil, onions, carrots and garlic to the Instant Pot. Using the Saute button, cook the vegetables until onions are soft and translucent.
Add the broth, split peas, paprika, cumin, bay leaves and water to the Pot. Stir the ingredients.
Cover with the lid, remember to keep the valve on "sealing."
Press "Pressure Cooker" button, choose "high pressure" option, choose 15 minutes.
It will be approximately 15 minutes of gaining the pressure inside the pot before the contents begin cooking.
When the countdown of cooking time is over, you can choose to release the pressure manually or allow the soup to sit in the pot and allow a natural release of pressure. I like the latter, as it allows the recipe to gain more flavor.
Take out the bay leaves and discard.
My family likes their own seasoning, so I serve the soup into individual plates before it gets seasoned with salt or pepper by each member. But we all love fresh green herbs. Use parsley, thyme or any other herb that suits your taste.
- You can add cooked pieces of ham into the soup or offer this addition in a separate bowl when serving the soup.
- You can store the soup in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it in separate plastic cups for 2-3 months.
- When reheating the soup, you will need to add more water or broth, as it will thicken.