Vegan Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

I got a new pressure cooker yesterday – my first.  He has been appropriately named (Bowie) and today I took him out for a spin.  This recipe was adapted from prior split pea soup recipes, so I can’t tell you exactly where it came from.  However, I can tell you that JL Goes Vegan has one that looks really amazing that begins with making your own juice.  Nice!  This is a lot (served six with plenty of leftovers), so you may wish to half it for a smaller family.  As usual, I forgot to take a picture.  I’m very bad at that.

2 pounds dried split peas
2 large (or 1 very large) onion, diced
6 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup fresh chopped kale
1/3 cup fresh chopped basil
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups vegetable broth
8 cups water
1 T liquid smoke
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

In pressure cooker, coat bottom with olive oil.  Add onions and stir on medium high until soft and somewhat carmelized.  Add carrots and garlic and saute another 3-5 minutes.  Place remainder of ingredients in pressure cooker and bring to high pressure.  Cook for 10 minutes and then remove from burner to allow to naturally depressurize.  Serve with fresh bread.  Yummy.

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