INSTANT POT SPLIT PEA SOUP



INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery, diced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme Leaves, dried
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 6 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth low sodium (use only 5 cups for a thick soup, 7 cups for a thinner soup)
  • 1 lb Green Split Peas, rinsed and sorted (unsoaked)
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (Optional) for vegetarian version
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt (add last, after cooking, if needed) (1/4 tsp table salt)
Use any of these for your meat (or a combination of them)
  • 6 slices Bacon (Optional) chopped
  • 2 small Ham Hocks (Optional) Not very meaty, but add a nice smoky flavor and richness.
  • 1 Leftover Ham Bone (Optional) I like to use this with the diced ham
  • 2 - 3 cups Diced Leftover Ham (Optional)

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