STAR WARS, the first episode of the prequel trilogy is being re-released in the theaters in 3D next week!!!  That means more money being made for the Lucas Industry.  In honor of the movie, Yoda and I have decided to put together a special recipe to share with everyone on my blog!

Yoda originates from some kind of long, lost species.  No one knows what happened to all of them and why only Yoda is left (It’s a deep dark secret that he doesn’t like to talk about).  But Yoda did decide to divulge that the secret to his lovely shade of pale green skin is that he just loooooves Split Pea soup!!!  He just loooooves the color green!  And everything he consumes into his body is in this lovely shade of pale yellow-green!  Come on, GREEN, his light saber is!  In fact, I once had little chopsticks that were little green light sabers.  I have since lost them.  Actually, they are in my house somewhere, I just don’t know where, but perhaps the Force will help me find them.

Now where was I?

Oh that’s right, the color of Yoda.  I believe that his species will take on the colors of whatever food they consume the most.  And Yoda just happens to love Split Pea soup.  Except the soup goes by a different name from where he originates from.  It’s called Soup Tændï made from the peas of the tændï  plant.  (I just made that all up, so don’t no Lucas reps come knocking on my door.)

And now Yoda’s favorite soup, we are going to make, in the pressure cooker!


  • 2 Cups of Dried Split Peas (Ignore the word “chopped” on the photo, dunno why I put that there.)
  • 1-2 Small-Medium Ham Hock
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 3 Cloves of Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chopped Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1 Cup Chopped Ham or Smoked Sausage
  • 4-6 Cups of Water or Chicken Stock
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:  Immersible Hand Blender

Press the START button on the pressure cooker to heat up the heating element for the browning feature. Add a bit of olive oil and saute the onions, celery and garlic for a few minutes.

When the vegetables have become a bit soft and released all their fragrant goodness, shut the pressure cooker off.

Add the Split Peas to the mixture and give it a stir.

Take the piece of Ham Hock and use a sharp knife to cut a few slits into the chunk, but don’t slice it all the way through. Add it to the mixture in the pot.

Pour water into the pot so the water overlaps the mixture of Split Peas by 2 inches. You can choose to use chicken stock if you like but I used water to cut down on the sodium. You can do a mixture of water and stock as well.

Shut the lid and lock it. Adjust the valve on top to Airtight.

Program the pressure cooker to cook for 15-minutes and then press START.

As the pressure cooker does its thing, you can take this time to practice your Jedi powers. A young Padewan needs to always train and master his Jedi skills.

When the pressure has built up pressure and the Float Valve rises, the machine will seal completely.

When it’s finished, it will beep about three times and go to Keep Warm.Manually release the pressure by adjusting the pressure valve on top to Exhaust. Use a dish towel because the pressure may be hot and may sputter a bit.

Once all the pressure has released, and the Float Valve has dropped, turn the lid to unlock it and lift it open.

The Split Peas will have pretty much disintegrated. Using a pair of tongs, remove the Ham Hock from the soup and set it aside. You’ll need to put it back in again later. But for now, you just need it out of the way.

(This step is optional). Use an Immersible Hand Blender and put it in the soup mixture. Give it a few pulses to blend the soup into a smooth creamy texture. Now add the chopped carrots, potatoes and ham to the soup. Add some salt and pepper as well if you wish.

Replace the Ham Hock back in. And shut the lid again. (Don’t let the soup sit idle for too long because it will thicken as it sits and keeps warm. If it becomes too thick, add water or chicken stock.)

Program the pressure cooker to cook for another 5-minutes.

If the soup mixture is too thick, the machine might have a hard time building up pressure because the thick mixture might be over-heating at the bottom of the pot. If this happens (which it did for me), the machine will just beep fairly soon and put itself on Keep Warm. Don’t worry, leave the machine alone. It would have built up enough pressure in that time so just let it sit and drop down in pressure automatically. The carrots and potatoes are cut up small enough that it should cook fairly quick. If not, you can always open up the lid, thin the soup down a bit and restart it back up.

When the soup is finished. Serve while its hot with some butter toast or croutons. If you are stuck on the ice planet, Hoth…this is a perfect hot and hearty soup to keep you warm on the icy cold nights. But Yoda enjoys it almost every night. He even attempted to teach Luke Skywalker the recipe during his training on Dagohba but Luke had other things on his mind.

(Update:  A lot of comments mentioning that the Elite model says not to cook split peas.  Well, I like living on the wild side so I totally forgot about that part in the instruction manual.  Nothing happened.  Unless you’re making a huge full pot, then sputtering may happen, but this recipe was sputter-free.)


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  1. ANN on the 30. Jan, 2012 remarked #

    Looks yummy !!! Can’t wait to try it .I cooked the recipe on your site that was “Chicken Marsala {Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe}”.I expected the sauce to get thick but it was thin .It was very good tasting.Did I do something wrong ?

    • Patty on the 31. Jan, 2012 remarked #

      No, I don’t think you did anything wrong. It could just be the chicken releasing more liquid and diluting the sauce. You can also do a Roux mix at the beginning of cooking in the pan similar to what I did in the Seafood Chowder I did.
      Or you can add a mixture of flour and water to the sauce at the end and let it cook and reduce down a bit.

  2. 11148021937382818626 on the 31. Jan, 2012 remarked #

    Dont wait to try this is so very good. I have never ate pea soup before i dont even like peas but this was great my husband ate so much he couldnt move lol. Every thing I cook makes so much cause it is just the two of us so I take some to work for everyone to try and he told me I better not. lol. The only thing I did different was I added a carton of veg stock 4 cups water and 3 ham hocks cause they only came in packs of 3

  3. Eileen on the 31. Jan, 2012 remarked #

    I am surprised, my electric pressure cooker says “not” to cook either split peas or barley in it. I am a bit nervous of using this recipe.

    • Patty on the 31. Jan, 2012 remarked #

      What electric pressure cooker do you have?

      • Randy B on the 08. Feb, 2012 remarked #

        I have the Platinum Elite and the directions do say to avoid split peas due to foaming.

        • Patty on the 08. Feb, 2012 remarked #

          I only made about half of the pot full and it didn’t foam for me, or do anything weird.

  4. Kishari on the 03. Feb, 2012 remarked #

    This looks yummy! I’ve been toying with an electric pressure cooker, because I too have been scarred by past pressure cooker steaming accidents. If I get one, I’m coming back! (I’m a friend of Grace’s!)

  5. odandme on the 09. Feb, 2012 remarked #

    Great soup, but I do believe you mean to use a pair of tongs to remove the ham hock. Not ‘tongues’, since #1: How could I get a pair of them in there, and #2: Eeewwww! 😀

    • Patty on the 09. Feb, 2012 remarked #

      SOOO funny!!!! I remember catching that but kept forgetting to fix it. All fixed! Thanks!

  6. Anne on the 30. Dec, 2012 remarked #

    I made this soup today, it turned out absolutely delicious! I used chicken broth and did not add salt, the seasoning was perfect!

  7. Lisa on the 10. Aug, 2013 remarked #

    My electric pressure cooker requires setting the Psi as well as the cook time what pressure should this be cooked at?

    • patee333 on the 12. Aug, 2013 remarked #

      12 PSI I believe.

  8. Ron butler on the 01. Nov, 2013 remarked #

    Yummy pea soup

  9. Donna on the 29. Mar, 2014 remarked #

    This recipe is awesome. I used turkey wings instead of ham. Very yummy!!! The best part….my 7 year is a huge Star Wars fan. Yoga is his favorite character. He would not have even tried this otherwise. He loved it. Great recipe!!! Thanks so much !!!!

  10. betsy on the 05. Jun, 2014 remarked #

    Thank you for using Cups instead of grams or Lbs for the peas in the recipe!! I was searching for an electric pressure cooker recipe for yellow split peas and used your recipe as a guide as all the others seem to like to use weight. I made mine simple vegetarian by using vege broth and smoked paprika (1 Tsp) with the 2 cups of peas. I left out the ham, carrots and potato step and it was still very tasty as a simple thick soup with the smoky flavor from the paprika.

  11. Pamela on the 20. Dec, 2014 remarked #

    I am a little confused, the beginning of the recipe calls for softening the veggies and adding peas to the mixture. Towards the end of the recipe you put the chopped potatoes, carrots and ham in. When did they get taken out?

    • patee333 on the 30. Dec, 2014 remarked #

      I’m sorry for the confusion. The first line says to add only the Onion, Garlic and Celery.

  12. pamela on the 20. Apr, 2015 remarked #

    just made the soup. as always peggy you are right on the button., this is a winner, better then my slow cooker. thank you so much. also I made your corn beef and cabbage for st pattys day I beat my daughter mine was faster and tasted better I thank you

  13. Cindy on the 18. Aug, 2015 remarked #

    I’m scared too. Love split pea soup but my elite saids that it can froth foam, sputter and clog the pressure release device and should not be cooked. Did you cook yours in the elite or another brand? Thank you for your time

    • patee333 on the 18. Aug, 2015 remarked #

      I have the Elite as well. This is not a big full pot so it should be fine. I never had problems with clogging or sputtering. Just keep an eye on the cooker when you make the recipe.

  14. Carla on the 22. Sep, 2015 remarked #

    do you have to rinse the peas before putting in cooker?

    • patee333 on the 22. Sep, 2015 remarked #

      If they are dirty, by all means, give them a rinse. But I don’t think I rinsed them.

  15. Melissa Manning on the 07. Nov, 2015 remarked #

    Thanks for the delicious recipe! My 2 year old is scarfing down his bowl of “Yoda soup” and my husband is in awe that it was done from start to finish in under an hour.

  16. Charlie on the 26. Dec, 2015 remarked #

    Thanks much for the recipe.

    I don’t have an immersion blender so I will just skip that step. Should I’m thinking I would just do the full 20 minutes in that case. Does that sound right to you?

    One other question: what temperature setting did you use for the pressure cooking step. I’m using an instantpot pressure cooker and would just use “normal” heat level for most things. Do you know what temperature your cooker runs at for this recipe?


    • Charlie on the 26. Dec, 2015 remarked #

      Typo in the above… shoudl be “So I’m thinking..”

    • Sheri on the 03. Jan, 2016 remarked #

      I did 20 minutes, no immersion blender step. It was perfect. 🙂 I don’t have an instant pot – mine has a soup/stew program, I did that for 20 minutes.

  17. Sheri on the 03. Jan, 2016 remarked #

    made this, I did. Perfect, it was. Thanks for the recipe! (not sure if I speak Yoda correctly….lol)

  18. Al on the 04. Jan, 2016 remarked #

    Just bought an electric pressure cooker. found your website for recipes and tried your Jedi split pea and ham hock soup. well I must say it was fantastic and fast.I am going to try your pork loin recipe next. thank you Peggy

  19. Bob on the 07. Feb, 2016 remarked #

    You always need to take care with beans and peas in the pressure cooker due to the risk of foaming which can clog the relief valve. From what I understand, some oil reduces the foaming (here from the fat in the ham/hock). Not sure what effect the gelatin from the ham hock has on foaming but it does a great job of thickening the soup.

    Don’t be paranoid, but make sure there’s enough air space in the pressure cooker (never overfill) and, as always, check your relief valve and make sure to rinse dried peas and beans before using.

    A nerdy aside: I work with engineers who design relief systems for chemical plants and they are justifiably paranoid about foaming. Then again, if they mess up, the consequences are a bit more serious than needing to redecorate the kitchen…

    As with all life, understand the risks, take sensible precautions and you should be ok. Also, eat more soup.

  20. WildSassyPants on the 30. Nov, 2016 remarked #

    I just inherited my mom’s power cooker and love split pea soup. I am definitely going to try this recipe tomorrow.

  21. Doran Barnes on the 08. Dec, 2016 remarked #

    I was looking for a recipe for lentil beans & pork rib bits ( w/small bone). I had it at a friends place once & it was great, but I did not get his wife’s recipe. Can you help?

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