Our family LOVES Split Pea soup. Back in the old days I made it on stove…then graduated to the pressure cooker and now, I’ve graduated to the Instant Pot. It’s gotten easier and easier with each new pot I make it in.
On this morning I was up and had it all in the pot shortly before 7am and the childcare kiddos showing up. This means I’d have an easy supper night.
In the pot I put one bag of split peas. I put the ham bone in. One chopped medium onion. Two carrots peeled and chopped. 2 Tablespoons of ham soup seasoning. This particular bag of split peas had the seasoning in the bag, typically I use it other…then spices. For me that usually means a 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. I don’t add salt as the ham is typically salty enough.
The I added water to the 11 cup mark.
I put on the lid, closed the valve and set the timer for beans which in my case is 30 minutes. Split peas likely don’t need that long but to easily get the ham off the bone, the time works well.
After the timer went off I pulled the ham bone out and let it cool a bit. Then I deboned the meat.
While that was happening I noticed that the soup was a little thin. For a normal person, I think it was good but Hubby likes THICK soup (really stew) so I turned the Instant Pot to saute. The soup thickened up. If you do this, make sure to stir it regularly. The soup easily sticks to the bottom of the pan. I added the ham back in, stirred it good and the soup was done.
Here’s how it looks… YUM!!!
This and a grill cheese sandwich was supper. How easy of a supper was that!! As we were eating we were talking….Hubby said he regularly had split pea soup growing up. I never did. I didn’t even know what it was until I saw it my Betty Crocker cook book. I tried it once and loved it. All of our kids like it too. Anytime we have a ham the kids are quick to ask if it will split pea soup or ham and bean soup that I make with the soup bone.
Curious minds want to know…what’s your favorite thing to make with a soup bone?