This rich and creamy instant pot split pea soup takes less than 30 minutes to make. Made with dried split peas and a few pantry staples this is comfort food in winter. Serve it with salad and bread for a scrumptious meal.
½inch(1cm)Ginger1 teaspoon grated
1cloveGarlic1 med minced
½cupCelery chopped finely
½cupOnions chopped finely
5cups(1.20l)Broth or stock
1 tsp Cornstarch
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Split peas - Sort and wash the split peas. Drain and set aside. Pro tip - Time permitting, soak the split peas in warm water for 30 minutes to an hour. This softens the grains and makes a wonderfully creamy soup.
Add the olive oil and saute the garlic, ginger, and bay leaves for 30 seconds. Then, add the celery and onions and saute until the onions are translucent.
Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped parsley and drained split peas followed by 5 cups of broth or stock - stir well.
Pressure cookInstant Pot - Turn the saute off. Close and lock the instant pot lid. Close the seal and set the instant pot on high for 25 minutes.Stovetop pressure cooker - Close the pressure cooker, add the whistle, and pressure cook for 25 to 30 mins.
Natural release - When done, turn off and let natural release for 10 minutes. Open the instant pot or pressure cooker.Pro tip - It is best to use natural release. Otherwise, the spray of the soup in the quick release can clog the instant pot valve, which is difficult to clean.
Remove and discard the bay leaves. Using a hand blender, blend the soup to a smooth consistency.Pro tip - Don't forget to remove the bay leaves before blending because it does not blend well into the soup. And, the flavor of these is very strong.
Add cornstarch to the milk and combine well before adding it to the soup. Let come to an almost boil. Pro tip - The cornstarch will help thicken the soup but it will also prevent the milk from curdling in the soup.
Finally, add the Parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve garnished with more parmesan cheese.Pro tip - If you don't like parmesan you can use another one of your favorite cheese.
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