Split pea soup is a comfort food to many; and as a comfort food it is associated with many memory-inducing foods. For example, it is a classic in split pea soup and ham recipes. This recipe is a basic split pea soup recipe. If you want to add ham or other meat, feel free to do so!
- 16 ounces dried green split peas, rinsed well and drained
- 2 carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 ribs celery, diced (about 1 cup)
- ½ cup diced white or yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus additional as needed
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 meaty ham bone
- 6 cups chicken stock, or more, as needed, divided
- SLOW COOKER METHOD (Can also be made on stove top – or put ingredients into a Dutch oven into the oven)
- Layer the ingredients, through the ham bone, in a slow cooker in the order listed. Add as much of the chicken broth as needed to just cover the ingredients, about 4 to 5 cups. Reserve the remaining chicken broth for later.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Stir occasionally during the cooking time and add additional broth only if the level drops below the ingredients.
- When the peas are tender, remove the ham bone and transfer it to a cutting board. Pull off any remaining ham, tear it into small pieces, and return it to the slow cooker. Discard the ham bone and bay leaf. Use a spoon to lightly mash some of the peas against the side of the slow cooker and stir until nice and creamy, adding more broth, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
- INSTANT POT METHOD
- Set a 6-quart Instant Pot to SAUTE and toggle to MORE. When it displays HOT add 1 tablespoon Pork fat or Ghee. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until softened. Hit CANCEL.
- Add the remaining ingredients, including all 6 cups of the broth. Secure the lid, select MANUAL, and cook on HIGH pressure for 14 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for 10 minutes and then manually release any remaining pressure.
- Open the lid and remove and discard the bay leaf. Transfer the ham bone to a cutting board. Use a fork to pull away any ham from the ham bone, chop it into pieces and add back to the soup. Discard the bone. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.