Split Pea Soup is a humble soup, and definitely a hard sell in my family. Thick, green, obviously full of vegetables, everyone seems to turn their nose up at it. I love it, though, and usually, make it a couple of times a year to satisfy my craving. I really think you should, too! If I happen to have a leftover ham bone, I make it with that, but if not, I don't let that hold me back. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and equally yummy. Split pea soup is also easy on your wallet if you need to stretch your food budget. I love using the Instant Pot® for this recipe because the soup cooks really fast.
Be sure to rinse and pick over your split peas before using. Random stones and debris can occasionally be present, and you wouldn't want that to end up in your soup. Also, when this soup first finishes, it is on the thin side. Have no worry, like all split pea soup, it thickens tremendously as it cools. I prefer it thick, but if you don't, you can thin with water, as needed. This also freezes wonderfully.
Instant Pot® Vegan Split Pea Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery. diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups vegetable stock (or 8 cups water with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes)
1 pound dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried dill
salt and pepper to taste
1. Set Instant Pot® to saute. Heat until shimmering. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and saute for 4 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften. Stir in garlic and saute for an additional minute.
2. Cover with stock or water and stir in split peas and all remaining ingredients. Set the Instant Pot® to manual high-pressure, adjusting the time to 15 minutes. Lock the lid, making sure the valve is in the sealing position. When finished do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then switch the valve to venting to release the remaining pressure.
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