Cooking Split Peas

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup split peas, soaked* about 6 hours, or overnight
  • 3 cups water, cooking water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 -2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Place peas in a large pot and cover with 3 cups of water. Let soak for 6 hours or as long as overnight.
  2. Drain, rinse, and return peas to pot. Add the onions, bay leaves, and 3 cups fresh water.
  3. Cover and cook over low heat, until the peas break down and are tender, about 45 minutes and as long as a couple of hours.
  4. Remove the bay leaves. Add the peas, with cooking water, to a blender and blend until smooth. The mixture will be very thick.
  5. Set aside until ready to add to recipe with Split Pea Soup with Barley.

Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Soak peas in 3 cups of water, for a minimum of 6 hours or as long as overnight. This will ensure all the peas will cook at the same time.
  2. Discard the soaking water and rinse the peas well, then add the peas, onion, bay leaves, and 3 cups of fresh water to Instant Pot. Set pressure on manual and time for 10 minutes. Let pressure drop down naturally.
  3. Remove bay leaves, and add the peas, with cooking water, to a blender along with the cooking water and blend until smooth. The mixture will be very thick.
  4. Set aside until ready to add to recipe with Split Pea Soup with Barley.

Notes

  • In my experience, dried peas are unpredictable in how fast they will cook. Depending on how old they are, it can take as short as 45 minutes and as long as a couple of hours. I find it’s best to soak them first. Cooking the peas separately, then blending as this ensures a nice creamy texture.
  • Dried peas will foam up and can boil over, so choose a large pot and keep an eye on it. When cooking on a low heat it’s less likely to boil over.