split pea soup

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As with most of the dead cheap meals series, this recipe requires bone broth. While ham broth is preferred, beef broth, chicken broth or my mock broth would work also.

A small amount of ham processed from a half ham or leftovers is needed too.

Hubby insists yellow split peas are the bomb and taste entirely different from the green ones; I don't think it matters much.

Though peas don't have to be soaked in order to cook quickly, it is worthwhile to soak them anyway to remove phytic acid. And pressure cooking reduces lectins, so we wind up removing most of the anti-nutrients that the Paleo Peoples have issues with.

Split Pea Soup

Category: dinner
Cooking Method: pressure cooker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: 2 quarts


  • 1 1/2 cups yellow split peas
  • pinch of baking soda
  • quart of broth
  • 1/2 - 2 cups diced ham
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • large carrot, diced
  • stalk celery, diced
  • TB dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried summer savory
  • bay leaf
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 drops Concentrace, 4 drops vitamin K2 and 4 drops vitamin D (optional)
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  1. Place peas in bowl with baking soda; cover with water and soak overnight. Rinse and drain.
  2. Put peas, broth, ham, veggies and herbs in pressure cooker.
  3. Bring to pressure and cook 10 minutes. NOTE: My pressure cooker manual says never to cook split peas because they can block the vent and cause an explosion. I figure if I'm in the kitchen and the rattling never ceases, the vent is not blocked. I would never leave them unattended though. And if you blow up your pressure cooker, it's on you!
  4. Turn off heat and place cooker under cold water in sink until pressure drops
  5. Remove lid, discard bay leaf, and stir in olive oil and optional supplements.

Image credit: Adapted from Split Pea Soup by Kari Sullivan (Own work) [ cc-by-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikipedia.