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Split Pea Soup With Bacon

This Split Pea Soup with Bacon is a big bowl of comforting goodness.  Made with simple ingredients, its savoury, full flavoured, silky and luscious.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 205kcal
Author Kim

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Bacon, diced (See note 1)
  • 1 cup Green split peas (See note 2)
  • 3 ½ cups Vegetable stock/broth (see note 3)
  • 1 medium Brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 large Carrot, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup Celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper

Instructions

Pressure Cooker

  • Set the Pressure Cooker to “Sear on High” and set timer for 10 minutes
  • Cook/saute bacon in inner pot of pressure cooker for 5 minutes until it just starts to develop some colour
  • Add onion, carrot, celery and butter to pot and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add peas, stock, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and bay leaves and stir through.
  • Select the menu by pressing the PRESSURE COOK button
  • Select the “SOUP” setting and adjust the cooking time to 30 minutes.
  • Press start to commence the cooking process. (make sure pressure valve is set to “Seal”)
  • Once timer has gone off, release pressure valve so steam can escape. Remove the lid, being careful of any steam. Stir soup to check consistency. If its too thick, add a little water to thin out.

Slow Cooker

  • Cook/saute bacon in inner pot of slow cooker for 5 minutes until it just starts to develop some colour
  • Add onion, carrot, celery and butter to pot and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add peas, stock, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and bay leaves and stir through.
  • Slow cook on low for 4 hours

Stove Top

  • Cook/saute bacon in large pot for 5 minutes until it just starts to develop some colour
  • Add onion, carrot, celery and butter to pot and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add peas, stock, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and bay leaves and stir through.
  • Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low for 1 hour to 1.5 hours, checking every 15 minutes or so to ensure soup is not sticking or drying out.

Notes

  1. Bacon: I love using smoky bacon, but regular bacon is great too.  Substitute with chopped ham if you can’t get bacon.
  2. Split peas: I used green split peas, however you could also use yellow split peas
  3. Stock/Broth:  If you don’t have vegetable stock/broth, you can use the same amount of water, however I don;t think its as flavourful using water.  Alternatively you could also use chicken stock which also creates a great flavour base.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g