This 5 Minute Split Pea Soup tastes every bit as authentic as traditional English split pea soup, but cooks lightning fast in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! Vegetarian, gluten free, and GAPS friendly. (Stove top recipe also included)
Last spring, my family and I toured the English countryside, sipping tea, snacking on shortbread cookies, and visiting castles along the way (Read more about our vacation and see pictures here). It was every bit as lovely as I expected after reading and watching British period dramas for so many years.
It’s no surprise we loved the tea and cake, but we also really enjoyed the food we enjoyed on the streets and in the pubs of England, including split pea soup. Even the kids – especially my daughter – chose it almost every time it was offered, so I knew I wanted to recreate it once we were back home.
Fast forward to this year and my whole family is on the GAPS intro diet, and all that wonderful British vacation food sounds a world away…all except for the pea soup. We’ve eaten some sort of stock or soup every day for the past six weeks and this pea soup was one of the best we’ve had so far!
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5 Minute Split Pea Soup in the Pressure Cooker
A few weeks ago, as I struggled to adapt to the endless soup making and pot cleaning in the early stages of GAPS, a dear friend dropped by and insisted that I keep her new Instant Pot pressure cooker for as long as I needed.
I nearly cried….maybe I did cry. Honestly, those early weeks are a bit of a blur.
The Instant Pot sat on my counter for at least a week before I got up the nerve to try it.
But once I started, I couldn’t stop. I made everything from chicken stock to homemade yogurt to a lamb roast to delicious soups.
It’s shocking how fast things cook in a pressure cooker. Even with the time it takes to pressurize before cooking, and the time to release the steam afterward, the Instant Pot pressure cooker is lightening fast compared to stove, oven, and Crock Pot cooking times.
This thick and satisfying Split Pea Soup is a great example. It took around half and hour, start to finish with only 5 minutes of actual cooking time. You read that right – this soup cooks in 5 MINUTES!
And it’s so full of flavor, you’d swear it was slow simmered on the stove. Of course, if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can definitely go the stove top route. I’ve included instructions for that in the recipe box below.
However you decide to cook it, this comforting split pea soup makes a satisfying meatless meal, or the perfect compliment to lamb, sausage, or a cooked ham. And how perfect would it be as a simple St. Patrick’s day dinner?? Pinch me.
- 2 Tbsp pastured bacon drippings if you have them, or pastured ghee (I buy this ghee)
- 1 cup chopped yellow onions
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1½ cups chopped carrots
- 2½ tsp sea salt (I buy this sea salt)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 pound dried split peas
- 1½ cups cooked Northern beans (or one 15oz can), pureed (I have a tiny food processor I used to make baby food that works perfectly, or you could use a blender)
- 8 cups chicken stock (homemade is best)
- Optional garnish: creme fraiche or sour cream, fresh parsley sprigs
- Saute the bacon drippings/ghee, onions, garlic, carrots, salt, pepper, and oregano using the "Saute" setting on the Instant Pot.
- Once softened, stir in the dried peas, pureed beans, and chicken stock.
- Secure lid, select "Soup" and set time to 5 minutes.
- Once cooking has completed, allow the steam to release naturally or manually, if you want to speed things up (I'm impatient and always release it manually)
- If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the cooked soup before serving.
- Serve hot with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream, and a sprig of fresh parsley.
- Serves 6-8
- (Recipe adapted from Ina Garten)
2. Stove Top Instructions:
Follow instructions for sauteing above, but in a soup pot on the stove. Add remaining ingredients as instructed, bringing all to a simmer before securing the lid and cooking for 30-45 minutes. Follow remaining instructions as above.
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Here are a few other favorite soup recipes!