Split peas don’t need soaking and cook down to a very soft consistency.
To cook simply cover the peas with water or stock, bring to the boil then simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Pre-soaking speeds up cooking but isn’t essential. The peas will get softer and softer as they cook.
NOTES ON COOKING DRIED PULSES
Cooking times for dried pulses will be longer at higher altitudes and when cooking with hard water or older pulses.
Adding bicarbonate of soda during soaking and/or cooking will soften the pulses and reduce the cooking time.