French Canadian Yellow Split Pea Soup with Maple Cream

My mother always used to make split pea soup with green split peas and I loved it. This is not my mother’s green split pea soup, however. Instead, this super easy soup follows the French Canadian tradition of using yellow split peas and is the perfect way to use up some leftovers if you've just had a baked ham (which, by the way, is super easy to make in the pressure cooker). 

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French Canadian Yellow Split Pea Soup with Maple Cream

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 15 m
  • Pressure Release: 10 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 1 ham bone or smoked pork hock rinsed (optional)
  • 12 ounces cooked ham cut into large
  • 3- inch chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker using the BROWN setting.
  2. Add the butter to the pressure cooker and sauté the onion, carrot, garlic and thyme. Cook until the vegetables just start to soften – about 5 minutes. Add the split peas, ham bone, ham chunks, bay leaves and the water. Lock the lid in place.
  3. Pressure cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.
  4. While the soup is cooking, combine the sour cream and maple syrup in a small bowl.
  5. Let the pressure drop NATURALLY for 10 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure using the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid. Remove the ham hock from the pot and let it cool enough to pull any meat from the bone. Remove the chunks of ham and cut into small dice. Return the diced ham to the soup and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with a drizzle or dollop of the maple cream on top.
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  1. Hi Meredith…I would love to make this, but don’t have a pressure cooker, with no plans to buy one. With your recipes, can you include non pressure cooker instructions?

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