Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Yellow Split Pea Soup (pressure cooker style)

I'm in the mood to cook. I love my pressure cooker.  I don't want to go to the store.  I don't want to spend any money.  I'm starving for something that I love.

All these things coming together equal my very delicious, quick, nutritious, tasty, warming and tummy happiness making yellow split pea soup.

Gather your ingredients! 

1 stalk celery
1/2 onion
1 carrot
1 1/2 cup yellow split peas
6 cups homemade chicken stock or water or a combination
some thyme
some bacon
a bay leaf
salt, pepper


I never separate bacon slices but rather slice off the edge of the pound.  I used 5 thin slices today.  Throw the bacon in the pressure cooker on "brown" and crisp it up!!  remove it and try not to eat it.  I fail at this step pretty consistently.

oh, crispy goodness!!  Leave the dripping behind. Toss in your veggies and fry them around. Add some salt, some pepper and some thyme. Fry it to soften the veggies slightly. You do not have to do this step, I just like to feel involved.  You can just toss everything in the pressure cooker, set it and leave but really, I need to feel the whole things needs me!!

This is 1 1/2 cup picked yellow split peas.  Toss them into the lightly softened veggies and shoosh it around.

Add 6 cups of liquid.  This is about half chicken stock and half water.  If you don't have stock, use water, really, it's delicious any way you make this! Toss in a bay leaf. Set for 15 minutes.  Go do something.

DING!  time's up! I let the pressure come down for a few minutes on it's own then crack under the tasting pressure and release it manually the rest of the way.

OH, soupy yumminess!!  Let's taste!  I like to add some of the crunchy bacon on top. DELICIOUS!

The peas and veggies are soft and the bacon is crispy.  The broth is rich and delicious.

Lets blend it.  I have an immersion blender but you can use a regular blender of course.

Oh yes, I think I like this batch smooth better.  A little of the bacon on top again for crunch.  It's rich and unctuous and happy tummy making.

Here's my stash for the fridge.  Not bad for about .50 worth of ingredients.

I just took my "old lady" bread out of the oven  http://tracyloopers.blogspot.com/2011/03/old-lady-bread-way-old-school.html and intend on slicing this thickly, buttering and adding some extra old white English cheddar to accompany the soup for my lunch today.  I need someone to be really nice to me and apparently that person is going to be me.

Make this.  You will be happy. 


Ok, I broke into it...the crust is thick and crispy and the center is soft and airy and tasty.  Go make this too!!
OK, now I'm going to go eat it.


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