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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. Depending on how salty your other ingredients are (ham, broth, etc) you may want to completely omit salt.

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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