Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

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Looking for a Yellow Split Pea Soup recipe??? Try this one using yellow split peas or check out our latest recipe for Yellow Split Pea Soup here

I LOVE split pea soup. Seriously, almost as much as I love tacos… OK maybe just as much. Growing up my mom made split pea soup after having a ham for Christmas or just because! I would eat it for dinner and the next days for every meal until it was gone. No joke! This Christmas we were sent home with leftover ham from the Christmas Eve dinner and I naturally had to use it to develop a recipe for some awesome split pea soup! In the Instant Pot, of course!

We have played around with this recipe and it is very delicious regardless of the combination of main ingredients (i.e. everything but the spices) that we have used. 

Please take a moment to read the notes at the bottom of the recipe to make sure you see all of the options for this recipe that we have tried. Of course, you are welcome to use the original recipe as that is the tastiest one IMHO. With any variation, store in a sealed container and refrigerate. If reheating then you may need to add a little water or broth to thin it back down to your liking.

As mentioned by Angie in the comments, we have tried adding potatoes to this recipe and OMG….. It is so good!!! Please be sure to keep the level below the “10” mark in the IP. With this round of trying the potatoes we reduced the amount of meat to 1 cup and used 2 cups of 1″ thick potato chunks then added 1/2 cup uncooked rice just for fun. Using these modifications and keeping the same directions for cooking it turned out fantastic!

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A simple delicious split pea soup recipe for the instant pot with vegetarian options!
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
8 people
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chicken stock (see notes for variations)
  • 3 cups of chopped ham, loosely packed (see notes for variations)
  • 2 cups split peas (plus water for soaking) (1 standard 16 oz package)
  • 3 medium carrots (chopped into 1/2 inch thick rounds)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped into 1/2 inch thick slices)
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp fat for frying (coconut or olive oil, bacon fat, etc)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (Hungarian smoked is what we use)
  • 1/2 tsp medium chili powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
8 people
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chicken stock (see notes for variations)
  • 3 cups of chopped ham, loosely packed (see notes for variations)
  • 2 cups split peas (plus water for soaking) (1 standard 16 oz package)
  • 3 medium carrots (chopped into 1/2 inch thick rounds)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped into 1/2 inch thick slices)
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp fat for frying (coconut or olive oil, bacon fat, etc)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (Hungarian smoked is what we use)
  • 1/2 tsp medium chili powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Instructions
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tbsp fat in Instant Pot on Saute function
  2. Place peas in a large bowl and cover with water to soak while prepping
  3. Chop your onions and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until they start to turn translucent
  4. Add broth and scrape bottom of pot to loosen browned bits
  5. Stir in all remaining ingredients aside from the peas
  6. Drain peas and add to the pot
  7. Set to Soup function and adjust time to 12 minutes, allow to naturally release
  8. Stir gently to combine and salt and pepper to taste when serving
Crock-Pot Instructions
  1. Soak peas in hot water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile chop veggies.
  2. Put all ingredients in the crock pot and stir to combine
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until fully cooked. Check at 4 hours
Recipe Notes

This soup will thicken significantly as it stands. Please be sure that regardless of the combination, the total amount of meat or cooked meat substitutes do not exceed 3 cups and the level remains below the "10" mark inside the Instant Pot. To make it vegan or vegetarian use veggie broth, omit the ham and add a little more salt and a 1/2-1 tsp of liquid smoke to help get that smoky flavor without the meat! Feel free to also add whatever meat substitute you would like. For replacing the meat in this we liked adding 3 cups of raw potatoes (1" thick chunks) or 3 cups of COOKED lentils, rice or beans. Alternatively a half cup each of UNCOOKED lentils/beans & rice!

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42 Comments

  1. Hi Vanessa! Thanks for mentioning that, seems I had forgotten to list one of the main ingredients! I’ve updated the post to list the amount of split peas. Please let us know how you like the recipe😊 Have a great day!

  2. This is an excellent tasting split pea soup and it’s super easy to make. I did find it too salty, so I will eliminate the salt completely next time. It also wasn’t quite thick enough for me, so I will reduce broth to 5 cups. I’m please to find this recipe. Thank you!

  3. I reviewed this a bit too hastily. After the soup cooled a bit more, it thickened up to exactly how I like it. I will definitely be making again and will only change the salt as noted.

  4. Hey Jay! Thank you for the feedback and suggestions for modifications with the broth and salt! It does thicken up nicely, I also like the texture better after it cools.
    It also freezes and reheats really well!
    We are so glad you liked the recipe and shared your thoughts! Cheers!

  5. I’ve owned my Instant Pot for several months now, haven’t been a big fan of what I’ve made in it, until now. I followed the recipe exactly, (but I did not add ham), it was the perfect consistency right out of the pot.
    This was the best Pea Soup I’ve ever made, thank you for the recipe!

  6. Hi Sylvia! Thank you for your compliments and feedback! You are most welcome and we are really glad you tried and liked the recipe! The IP was a little intimidating for us when we first got it but now we use it nearly every day and develop recipes to share. We will be posting more IP recipes soon and would love for you to subscribe in the sidebar of the blog to be emailed when new posts are up! What kind of recipes are you mostly interested in for the Instant Pot?

  7. Loved it. Didn’t have ham so used 1/2 tsp liquid smoke as you mentioned above. Nice flavor. This recipe is a keeper.

  8. I made the soup and it tasted delicious! It came out a little thin for my liking though, so next time I will either use more peas or less broth.

  9. Thanks so much for your feedback! Some have found that it thickens up for them after a little time. Did you find this to be true as well? I am glad that you liked the flavor! Great idea to use a little more peas/little less broth for modification!

  10. Hi Angie! Yes I think that would be delicious! Since I’ve not tried it yet I’m just guessing that 1″ chunks would be good and personally would start with 1-2 cups, not letting the IP get too full. I definitely will be trying it out now and updating the suggestions 😉

  11. I literally just got my IP…so this would be the first thing I make in it…I have some hamhocks…I am wondering if would I need to cut the meat from the bone, or could I just throw them in?
    Thanks!
    todd

  12. Hi Todd! I would say it’s totally up to you, I’ve made it both ways! With using whole ham hocks I just removed the bones afterward and kind of scraped the meat off into the soup, since it became so tender. Personally I would throw the bones in there to cook with the soup even if you’re removing the meat first that will add much more flavor 🙂 One thing to note with that (since you just got your pot) is please make sure that your Instant Pot does not get too full because it’s not recommended to go above two thirds of the way 🙂 I really hope you love this recipe, it is my favorite!

  13. Great recipe thank you! Only thing I did differently is I used bacon grease instead of oil. It turns out amazing!

  14. We got out Instant Pot last week. My wife is a split pea junky and I’ve never cooked it before, let alone really used our Instant Pot. She usually eats it out of a can, yuck! Your recipe popped up on my search. Made it tonight exactly following your recipe and it was so easy with the IP and tasted pretty amazing! This will be a go to recipe. Thank you for posting!

  15. That’s so awesome Neal! I’m really glad you tried it and liked it! This means a lot to us as we intend to create recipes that people will have as a go-to! Thank you for your feedback😎

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  17. I made this last night. Added some potatoes and it was amazing! My picky eaters even came back for seconds and thirds! Thank you!!!

  18. Since I like some spice with my food, I sautéed the onions/celery/carrots in bacon fat, added some turmeric and smoked paprika, plus some ham hocks and roasted poblano peppers. A little unusual, but great if you like a little heat.

  19. awesome and so delicious. the only thing i did differently was added garlic and sauteed smoked turkey kielbasa sausage (because I wanted some meat). I also added a little (half tsp) of turmeric while sauteeing the onions (don’t think that made any difference though). Wow awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Here’s a low-fat variation using a smoked turkey leg.

    The smoked turkey legs are at Walmart and they come in a 2-pack. I’m sure they are available in most grocery stores. I saw them at Winco also.

    Anyway, take one smoked turkey leg and take a meat cleaver or large knife and chop it in two a few inches from the small end and put it in your instant pot. Add 8 cups of water and cook on manual high pressure for 45 minutes. Release the steam manually and take some tongs and place the turkey pieces on a baking sheet that has sides to hold the juice. While the turkey is cooling ladle off the small amout of fat from the surface of the broth in the instant pot. Then pour the broth in a suitable container.

    The meat should be cool enough now to remove all of the bones, gristle, skin so that you end up with 2 to 3 cups of smoked turkey meat.

    Now follow all of the original instructions, except saute the onion in a few tablespoons of the turkey broth, and add more as needed to keep it from burning. Once the onion is translucent add the rest of the turkey broth (you don’t need the chicken broth of course) and follow the original instructions.

    You’ll be amazed at the result!

  21. Oh my goodness! Doug, this is such a great variation and looks like it would be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing, mind if I re-share on social media, and if so how can I credit you?

  22. This may be a silly question but what kind of ham do I get? I really don’t eat ham but I do like the flavor of it in pea soup. One recipe I saw said ham steak. Would that work? I’d rather not buy a whole ham. Do I cook it first?

  23. Great question actually, We’ve used a meaty ham bone from a leftover ham only a few times (these were leftovers from holiday meals) but haven’t bought a whole ham just for this ever. The dozens of other times we’ve made this with whatever pre-cooked ham we’ve gotten, like a small ham steak, a chunk of ham from the deli, and even Applegate lunchmeat! As long as you’re using about the same amount as the recipe lists it should give you a good ham flavor. If you’re sensitive to salt consider lowering or eliminating the additional 1/2 tsp 😉 Hope that helps-let us know how it goes, or if you have other questions 🙂

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