How to make it

  • If you are in a hurry, put the split peas in the pot with the about 8 cups of cold water and start the fire. You can chop and add the vegetables as they get done.
  • Add the vegetables, bay leaf, ham hocks and enough water to cover by 2 inches.
  • When it comes to a simmer, close the lid on the pressure cooker; allow it to come to pressure.
  • When pressure is reached, lower the heat to low, and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat; allow the cooker to cool naturally, about 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Release the existing steam, uncover and check for doneness. Remove the ham hocks and set aside to cool. Allow the split peas and vegetables to just simmer on top of the stove for a few minutes until the peas are mere mush. (It's o.k. if the carrots still look like carrots, as a matter of fact, it's preferred). Add water if the soup seems too thick.
  • Allow the ham hocks to cool until they don't burn your hands anymore, then, carefully cut, pull or otherwise extract the meat from the bones. Chop the meat into little fine pieces and add back to the soup. Stir well. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve with some good Rye bread or make some Rye Bread Croutons. YUM!
  • Be sure to check your pressure cookers manufacturers directions.
  • Did you know that who ever gets the bay leaf is the boss that night? Yep, old family tradition.

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  • spaghettichef 8 years ago
    This is very similar to my favorite Split Pea recipe. Can't wait to try it in a pressure cooker. I usually crockpot it :)
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Mmmmmmmm i love soups this one is just plain great thank you

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    " It was excellent "
    hot_it_up ate it and said...
    Anybody in a hurry for split peas gets my \0.

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