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Low-Carb Pizza Casserole

February 8, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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We have had this Low-Carb Pizza Casserole a couple of times now, and I just love it! Even Bob, who really can’t get very excited about pizza, likes it. So I decided it’s a recipe to share.

The recipe was developed by Kalyn Denny and you can find it on her blog, Kalyn’s Kitchen. Click here to see her recipe, including a video that shows you how easy it is to make. (By the way, Kalyn’s blog is a great resource if you are watching your carbs. She’s been sharing low-carb recipes for 13 years!)

It does take a little bit of time to separately cook the sausage and then the mushrooms, but this Low-Carb Pizza Casserole is super-easy and can be on the table in less than an hour.

One of the things I love most about this recipe is the fact that the leftovers reheat beautifully in a microwave oven. I love to pack leftovers in my lunch when I’m subbing! In fact, I find I crave this just for the leftovers!

If you like pizza but don’t want the carbs, do give this Low-Carb Pizza Casserole a try. It can easily be adapted to suit your taste.  You could use black olives, green peppers, or onions. Just think about your favorite pizza toppers. I even thought of swapping the sausage and mushrooms for cubes of ham and pineapple for a Hawaiian pizza version! However, I know Bob would not eat it so that version will probably not be happening in my kitchen.

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Low-Carb Pizza Casserole + The Dedon House Salad = Dinner!

Low-Carb Pizza Casserole

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Low-Carb Pizza Casserole

(Adapted from Kalyn Denny’s recipe for “Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole” on her Kalyn’s Kitchen blog)

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(print the recipe)

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Serves 4 – 6 (Kalyn says it serves 6, but at our house it’s 4 generous servings.)

1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (do not use petite dice)

1 pound Italian sausage (Use bulk sausage or remove the casings from links.)

2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil

¾ tsp. dried oregano

Freshly ground black pepper

12 oz. fresh mushrooms, washed and cut into thick slices

1½ cups (6 oz.) grated Mozzarella cheese

15 slices pepperoni, cut in half

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I found all of the ingredients at my local Safeway.

Isernio sausage

Tillamook Mozzarella

Gallo Pepperoni

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly oil an 8-inch x 11-inch (2 quart) baking dish.
  2. Put the tomatoes in a strainer to drain.

Tomatoes draining

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3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When it’s hot, add 2 teaspoons of the oil and swirl it around to cover the bottom.

4. Add the sausage and cook until it is done, breaking it up as it cooks.

Cook sausage

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5. When the sausage is done, put it in the prepared baking dish.

Sausage

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6. Top the sausage with the drained tomatoes. Sprinkle the oregano and grind the pepper over the tomatoes. (If you use unsalted tomatoes, sprinkle with a bit of salt.)

Tomatoes

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7. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until done and starting to brown.

Mushrooms ready

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8. Spread the mushrooms out over the tomatoes.

Mushrooms added

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9. Cover the mushrooms with the cheese.

Cheese added

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10. Spread the pepperoni out over the cheese.

Ready to bake

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11. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Easy Remoulade Sauce

January 22, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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This Remoulade Sauce is much like what you would find in Louisiana. I found the recipe on Elise Bauer’s excellent blog, Simply Recipes. Reading some of the comments convinced me that this was the recipe to try. Zoe said, “I’m from New Orleans. The recipe is 100% authentic.” I think it’s worth hunting down a couple of ingredients to achieve that authenticity.

I couldn’t find Zatarain’s Creole Mustard at my regular grocery stores, although I’m certain there must be some places in Seattle that carry it. Rather than search, I ordered a 2-pack from Amazon. The list of ingredients (vinegar, water, brown mustard seed, salt, xanthan gum) gives no clue as to what makes this mustard unique. I do think, though, that it gives the Remoulade Sauce a flavor that you would not get from other mustards.

Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning seems to be pretty widely available. You’ll find it with the seasoned salts in the spice section. I always have it in the cupboard and use it often to add a bit of spice to my cooking.

The third ingredient that makes this Remoulade a Louisiana-style sauce is hot sauce. For me, that means Tabasco.

I made the Remoulade Sauce the day before Carrie’s birthday dinner. Refrigerating it overnight helps the flavors develop. It was fabulous served with Roasted Shrimp. The recipe made more than I needed for the 1½ pounds of shrimp, so I just served some of it and saved the rest for later. It will keep for at least a couple of weeks refrigerated. You can use it with any seafood. Try it with crab cakes. It would be good on sandwiches. Elise says it’s “awesome” with French fries!

Once you have the ingredients, Remoulade Sauce is super-easy to make. It makes an impressive appetizer served with shrimp.

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Easy Remoulade Sauce is terrific with Roasted Shrimp

Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce

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Easy Remoulade Sauce

(Adapted from Elise Bauer’s recipe on Simply Recipes)

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(print the recipe)

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Makes about 1½ cups (could easily be cut in half)

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1¼ cups mayonnaise

¼ cup Creole mustard (Zatarain’s is great!)

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning (I like Tony Chachere’s)

2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

1 teaspoon pickle juice (dill or sweet; I used dill)

1 teaspoon Tabasco

1 large clove garlic, pressed

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Ingredients for Remoulade Sauce, including the pickle juice in the measuring cup

Ingredients

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  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. It’s best made at least a few hours ahead.

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Ready to whisk

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Remoulade Sauce

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Pan-Roasted Blood Orange Chicken

January 16, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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Laura recommended Jessi Heggan’s Pan-Roasted Blood Orange Chicken, saying that it’s SO easy and SO good. I checked it out and made it a few days later. It was just as Laura said; this roast chicken recipe delivers so much flavor for so little effort. Bob and I both really enjoyed it!

It’s high citrus season right now. I find that it’s pretty easy to find blood oranges, but if you can’t find them you can substitute navel oranges.

The seasoned olive oil is so flavorful that it’s not necessary to marinate the chicken. Just cover the chicken with the seasoned oil and roast. Quick and easy!

I did find I had to roast the chicken for a longer time than Jessi suggested. Perhaps my chicken thighs were larger. It’s always best to check the chicken with an instant read thermometer to determine when it’s done.

I will definitely be making Pan-Roasted Blood Orange Chicken again before the blood oranges are out of season! And I’m planning on spending some more time exploring Jessi’s Kitchen. It looks like she has some interesting recipes. Check it out!

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Pan-Roasted Blood Orange Chicken was terrific with Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

Blood Orange Chicken with broccoli

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Pan-Roasted Blood Orange Chicken

(Adapted, barely, from Jessi Heggan’s recipe on jessiskitchen.com)

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(print the recipe)

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Serves 4 – 6 

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2 blood oranges (if not available, can substitute navel oranges)

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon cumin

2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3.5 – 4 pounds chicken thighs (can use either bone-in skin-on or boneless skinless thighs)

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  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Zest one of the blood oranges.

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Zest of one blood orange

Blood orange zest

 

3. Combine the orange zest, garlic powder, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, pepper and salt in a small bowl.

Stir dry spices together

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4. Stir the olive oil into the spice mixture.

Stir in olive oil

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5. Put the chicken skin-side down in a cast iron skillet. Spread half of the seasoned oil over the chicken. Turn the chicken over so it is skin-side up and spread on the rest of the seasoned oil.

Spice mixture rubbed all over the chicken

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6. Slice the second blood orange and place the slices on top of the chicken.

Blood orange slices added - ready for oven

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7. Roast until the chicken temperature, measured with an instant read thermometer, is 165°. This took 45 minutes for my bone-in chicken.

Pan Roasted Blood Orange Chicken

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8. Serve and enjoy!

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Update January 22, 2018:

I made this again for Carrie’s birthday dinner and I multiplied all of the ingredients by 1.5. (I used 12 chicken thighs instead of 8.) I roasted them on a sheet pan and they turned out great! They took only 30 minutes to roast, not 45 like they did in the crowded cast iron pan. I may use the sheet pan from now on, no matter how many chicken thighs I’m roasting. You could use parchment paper or cover it with foil, as I did, for easy clean-up. 

Ready to go into the oven for a 30-minute roast!

chicken on a sheet pan

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Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

January 8, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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We had delicious Pan Roasted Blood Orange Chicken last night which I will be adding to the blog soon. Today I’m here to share how I successfully cooked broccoli in my Instant Pot.

I bought a steamer basket that fits perfectly in my 6-quart Instant Pot. I simply washed the broccoli, peeled the stems and cut them into small pieces, and cut the florets into smaller pieces. I prepared the broccoli ahead of time and just left it in the basket until I was ready to cook it.

I have a couple of Instant Pot cookbooks that recommend 2 – 3 minutes for broccoli. However I had run across posts online that say 0 minutes is plenty if you don’t want mushy broccoli. I decided to go with that.

When the chicken was done I just let it rest in the pan while I cooked the broccoli.

I put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and then put the basket of broccoli in and sealed the lid. I pressed the Manual button and then used the “-“ button to set the time to 0 minutes.

It took about 10 minutes to get up to pressure and it was done! I used a quick release and it was ready to eat.

I am now eager to try cooking other vegetables in my Instant Pot. It will be a bit of a trial and error, I’m sure, as I try different things. The time needed will depend on the size and density of the vegetable pieces. For small broccoli florets, 0 minutes was perfect!

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Instant Pot Broccoli

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Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

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(print the “recipe”)

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  1. Wash the broccoli, peel the stems and cut them into small pieces. Cut the florets into smaller pieces. (This can be done ahead.)

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2. About 10 minutes before you want to serve, put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. Put a steamer basket in the pot and fill with the broccoli.

Red handle folds down

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3. Seal the lid and set the Pressure Release to “Sealing”.

4. Press Manual and use the “-” button to set the time to 0 minutes.

5. When it’s done, use the quick release method to let the steam out. Serve!

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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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As In the Kitchen with Kath enters its 9th year, I decided to take a look back at the most popular recipes of 2017.

As Laura wrote in our Christmas letter, “In the Kitchen with Kath basically became a love letter to the Instant Pot.” It took me a bit of time to get acquainted with the electric marvel, but 4 out of the last 5 recipes have involved my 6-quart Instant Pot. And 3 out of the 8 most popular (most viewed) recipes for the whole year are Instant Pot recipes. It has earned a permanent place in my kitchen and I expect I’ll be using it even more this year.

So here are the 8 most popular recipes on my blog in 2017. Just click on the name of each recipe to see its blog post.

 

#8 Kung Pao Chicken is great Chinese take-out at home. The chicken marinates for just 10 minutes and then you’re a quick stir-fry away from a tasty dish!

kung-pao-chicken

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#7 Roasted Shrimp Cocktail I made this more than once last year. It’s a super easy appetizer. The cocktail sauce is old-school classic. We also enjoyed it with homemade remoulade sauce. (That’s on my to-do list to share sometime soon.)

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#6 Instant Pot Chicken Soup We really love this low-carb chicken soup! If you have an Instant Pot, you know that “instant” does not mean it’s ready instantly. With a Natural Pressure Release, this takes a little over 2 hours, but the hands-on time is short. The Instant Pot makes such a flavorful broth; we don’t miss noodles or rice in this one.

Instant Pot Chicken Soup

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#5 Easy Butter Chicken Made 3 Ways (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop) I made this in my Instant Pot and also in my Slow Cooker. It uses canned coconut cream instead of dairy cream making it perfect for those with dairy sensitivities.

butter-chicken

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#4 Keto Ground Lamb Casserole When I first saw this recipe I thought, “That looks like it’s probably pretty good.” Then I made it. Wow! I loved it and have made it several times. I find I crave the leftovers to pack in a lunch when I’m subbing. It heats up well in a microwave.

Keto Ground Lamb Casserole

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#3 Chiang Mai Chicken takes more time than a lot of my recipes but it is very easy. It serves 8 and is perfect when you are looking for an impressive recipe for entertaining. It truly is one of the best chicken recipes I have ever made!

Chiang Mai Chicken with Cauliflower rice

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#2 Quick Curtido (Salvadoran Cabbage Slaw) is the perfect side dish with rich main dishes like Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork or barbecued meat. If you have a food processor this can be made very quickly. It keeps well for several days.

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#1 – The most popular recipe on the blog in 2017 was the Instant Pot Refried Beans. It is a good one! You can start with a pound of dried, unsoaked, pinto beans and end up with fantastic homemade refried beans in about 2 hours. I love it!

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Happy New Year!! 

Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

January 1, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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Yes! You can make Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot! I used a couple of things that I learned from J. Kenji López Alt’s Instant Pot split pea soup recipe and successfully made the black-eyed peas.

I cut the broth by 25% because, as Kenji says, there is no evaporation when you pressure cook.

I sautéed the first eight ingredients in 3 tablespoons of butter. The butter adds great flavor, and the fat helps to inhibit foaming when you’re pressure cooking legumes or grains.

From start to finish, it took about 1½ hours to make the Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas. The original recipe takes about 2 hours, start to finish, so the Instant Pot saves a little time. Without having a side-by-side taste test, I do think the Instant Pot version is better. The black-eyed peas were perfectly cooked with a velvety texture.

If you have a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot I highly recommend that you try this Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas recipe. And may you have only good luck in 2018!

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Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

(Adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s recipe)

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(print the recipe)

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Serves 4 – 5

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Important notes:

  • Do not double the recipe. Split peas (and other legumes and grains) can foam and clog the valves if the pot is too full.
  • Do not reduce the butter. Adding fat to the pot can help to keep the foaming down. If you want to use oil instead of butter, use 3 tablespoons.
  • If you’re using a stovetop pressure cooker, monitor it closely, never setting the heat higher than medium-high.

 

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3 tablespoons butter

12 – 16 ounces smoked sausage, sliced

1 cup chopped yellow onion

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

whole cloves garlic

5 sprigs of fresh thyme

bay leaves

3 teaspoons finely chopped Italian parsley

6 cups chicken stock

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Minced green onions, to garnish (optional)

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Black-eyed peas

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Ingredients: Everything to saute is in the bowl, 4 cups of stock in the carton plus 2 more cups in the measuring cup. Minced garlic to add with the stock and black-eyed peas.

Ingredients

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  1. Press the Sauté button and then use the Adjust button to set the heat to “Normal” (medium). Wait for the display to say “Hot”. This takes about 3 minutes.

Hot

 

2. When the pot is hot, put the butter in. When it has melted, add the sausage, onion, salt, cayenne pepper, whole cloves of garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and Italian parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Butter melted

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3. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to stop the sauté function. Add the chicken stock, black-eyed peas and minced garlic.

Stock, peas and garlic added

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4. Put the lid on, setting the Pressure Releaseto Sealing. Press the Manual button and set the time to 23 minutes. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook it under pressure for 20 minutes.) With the Instant Pot, it takes about 15 minutes to get to pressure and start the 23-minute countdown.

23 minutes

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5. When the 23 minutes are done, press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to turn the pot off and let the pressure release naturally. It will take up to 30 minutes for the pressure to release.

6. When the float valve has dropped back down, the pressure has been released. Open the pot, give it a stir, and serve. Garnish with green onions, if desired.

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Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup

December 30, 2017

By Kath Dedon

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If you have an Instant Pot and leftover holiday ham, you really should try J. Kenji López-Alt’s recipe for Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup. Bob proclaimed twice last night that it is the BEST Split Pea Soup he has ever had! Ever!! Even better than Julia Child’s, and it’s much easier and faster than her version.

I have always used an immersion blender to blend split pea soup a bit when it’s done, but that step is unnecessary when you use a pressure cooker. Kenji uses a quick release when the soup is done and says that when you open the pot the soup will be boiling furiously, essentially puréeing itself. My soup was beautifully puréed without using the quick release.

If I had the 8-quart Instant Pot I might have tried the quick release method because the pot would not be as full. With my 6-quart pot, however, I was nervous about sputtering soup if I used a quick release. I used a natural release. I’m not sure how long that took because I was busy socializing with Bob and our friends in the living room and not watching the pot. After the pressure was released, the Instant Pot went into “Keep Warm” mode.

When we were ready to eat, I removed the lid, gave the soup a quick stir, and it was PERFECT! As Kenji points out, Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup may not be the most beautiful dish, but it sure is tasty! If you have an Instant Pot but don’t have leftover ham, go out and get a good quality ham steak and make this soup!

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Not very photogenic, but Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup is a winner!

(Southern Corn Bread was great with the soup.)

Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup

 

Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup

(Adapted from J. Kenji López-Alt’s 30-Minute Pressure Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe)

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(print the recipe)

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Serves 5 – 6

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Important notes:

  • Do not double the recipe. Split peas (and other legumes and grains) can foam and clog the valves if the pot is too full.
  • Do not reduce the butter. Adding fat to the pot can help to keep the foaming down. If you want to use oil instead of butter, use 3 tablespoons.
  • If you’re using a stovetop pressure cooker, monitor it closely, never setting the heat higher than medium-high.

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Kenji calls this a “30-minute” soup, but it takes longer than that. After you seal the pot it takes some time (15 minutes?) for it to get up to pressure before the 23-minute cooking time starts. The Natural Release Method adds another 30 minutes or so. Allow about an hour and 15 minutes, but most of that is unattended time.

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3 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion (about 6 ounces), diced

1 large rib celery (about 4 ounces), diced

6 – 8 ounces ham, diced (I used 8 oz.)

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed and drained

6 cups homemade or store-bought chicken stock (I pulled 2 cups of homemade stock from the freezer and used 4 cups of Swanson’s Chicken Stock.)

2 bay leaves

Scant ½ teaspoon Salt (Optional. Omit if your chicken stock and ham are particularly salty.)

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  1. Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot and use the Adjust button to set it at Normal (medium heat).
  2. Let the pot heat up. In a few minutes it will indicate “HOT” when it’s ready. Add the butter to the pot. When it has melted add the onion, celery, and ham. Cook, stirring often, for 3 or 4 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened a bit but have not yet browned.
  3. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  4. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to stop the sauté function. Add the peas, broth, and the bay leaves. Stir in the salt, if you’re using it.
  5. Put the cover on the pot, setting the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Manual button and set the time to 23 minutes. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook it under pressure for 20 minutes.)
  6. When the 23 minutes are up, the pot will “beep”. Just leave it alone and let the pressure release naturally. That will take about 30 minutes.
  7. When the float valve has dropped back down, open the pot, and give the soup a stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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