Chili Pepper Madness

June 06, 2014

Spicy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Spicy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe Spicy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

I enjoy soups like bean soup or split pea soup. They're always hearty and flavorful, and I don't mind spending the hours it takes letting them simmer on the stove, slowing absorbing all the wonderful liquid and tasty goodness. But when I tried my new pressure cooker, whoa! I was skeptical at first. How can you cook something as tasty as split pea soup in 20 minutes and expect it to be as good as the slow cooked version? It truly was. The pressure cooker can let you enjoy split pea soup in under an hour, including prep time, and you'll think you'd spent hours at the stove based on the flavors.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Jalapeno Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry green split peas
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (I enjoy habanero powder, but milder pepper powders are great)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 ounces smoked ham, chopped (include the bone if you have it)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add oil with carrots, onions, garlic and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until the contents have softened. Add to a slow cooker.
  2. Thoroughly rinse peas and add to slow cooker.
  3. Set the slow cooker to high.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook about 4-5 hours, or until peas absorb the moisture.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Mix and serve!

Or, you can use a pressure cooker to save a lot of time. Here are the directions for cooking with your pressure cooker.

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat your pressure cooker to medium heat and add oil with carrots, onions, garlic and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until the contents have softened.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Lock the lid. Bring to the proper pressure.
  3. Pressure cook on low for 20-25 minutes. Turn off the pressure cooker and
  4. release steam. Remove cover.
  5. Stir the contents of the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve!

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