Instant Pot Split Pea Soup // $1 Dinner

It finally feels like fall in North Carolina, and to me, nothing says fall like a steaming bowl of hot split pea soup made from scratch! This soup takes less than 10 minutes of prep (which can mostly be done with a toddler on your hip!) and is creamy, comforting and full of flavor. And as an added bonus, it costs 40 cents per serving! Serve with a side of fresh biscuits, and you have a cozy fall meal for less than $1 per serving 🙂

Ingredients

  • 16 oz dried split peas
  • 7 cups of water
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 clove of elephant garlic
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (optional)
  • Fresh sprigs of thyme and oregano (optional)
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  2. Seal and cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes.
  3. Open the steam valve for a quick release.
  4. After the Pot has depressurized, use a handheld immersion blender to blend until smooth.

Serves 6.

Cost Breakdown

Soup:

  • 16 oz dried peas – $1
  • 3 organic carrots – $0.45
  • 1 stalk organic celery – $0.10
  • Jalapeños – $0.30
  • Clove of elephant garlic – $0.50
  • Fresh herbs from the garden – $0.02
  • Kosher salt – $0.05

TOTAL: $2.40

COST PER SERVING: $0.40

Biscuits:

  • 3 cups flour – $1.20
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder – $0.15
  • 1 tablespoon sugar – $0.01
  • 1 stick butter – $0.75
  • Salt – $0.02
  • 1 cup organic milk – $0.38

TOTAL: $2.51

COST PER SERVING: $0.41

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