Saturday, February 9, 2013

Split Pea and Bacon Soup

Here is a funny story for you!
The first time I ever made this recipe,
I almost dumped it and ordered pizza.
However, my lovely husband said NO!
He said he made it and we were going to
try it no matter what it looked like.
I am so glad he made me take that first bite!
I love split pea soup now!

The other thing I love about this recipe
is that it is all cooked in a pressure cooker!
This is my Cook's Essential pressure cooker.
I love this thing!  It is an electric pressure cooker.
My parents got Johnny and I this about 4 years ago.
Now, I will admit, I did not use it for the first year
we had the cooker.  I personally am afraid of conventional
pressure cookers.  However, this one is great.
You check them out here on Amazon.
There are two books specfically for this pressure cooker:
I would say you could use regular pressure cooker recipes,
but I would venture to say that you would have to adjust
cooking times!

Now on to the recipe!

Split Pea and Bacon Soup

2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 lb. dried split peas
1 cup cooked bacon pieces 
(I use the Kroger kind and I use the entire bag)
3 tsp chicken base
(this is found in the aisle with the broths)
1 bay leaf

1.  Add all ingredients to pressure cooker and fill with enough water to
cover everything by 1 1/2 inches.
Peas in the cooker

Chicken base - great stuff!

2.  Stir well, until chicken base has dissolved.
Securely lock on the pressure cooker's lid, set the
cooker to high and cook for 10 minutes.

3.  Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before
performing a quick release to release the remaining pressure.
Safely remove lid and use a slotted spoon to scoop out 1
cup of the cooked split peas.

4.  Blend the cup of split pea in blender or food processor
until smooth, adding liquid to the soup if too thick.

5.  Reintroduce blended peas to the cooking pot, mixing until
well combined.  Serve immediately.

We love to added a little shredded cheese
to the top of ours.
I know it looks a little weird but I
promise you, it tastes amazing!!

I hope you enjoy!

Love to you all from the
Busy Cookin' WV Momma!!

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