Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Servings: 8 People
Prep Time:
Cook Time: 20 Minutes


About this Recipe

A simple delicious split pea soup recipe for the instant pot with vegetarian options!


✓ 6 cups chicken stock (see notes for variations)
✓ 3 cups of chopped ham, loosely packed (see notes for variations)
✓ 1 16 oz package Green Split peas (plus water for soaking)
✓ 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)
✓ 1/2 tbsp - paprika (Hungarian smoked is what we use)
✓ 1/2 tbsp - garlic powder
✓ 1/2 tbsp - sea salt
✓ 1/2 tbsp - black pepper
✓ 1 tsp medium/hot chili powder or cayenne pepper (optional)


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; Add broth and scrape bottom of pot to loosen browned bits;
4. Stir in all remaining ingredients aside from the peas;
5. Drain peas and add to the pot;
6. Set to Soup function and adjust time to 12 minutes, allow to naturally release;
7. 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;

- 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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  1. Carrie

    Where did the quantity go in the ingredients? How many carrots/celery? How much broth? Did this recipe recently get reformatted and all the quantities replaced with check marks?

    • realfoodtoheal

      Hey Carrie, thanks for your comment! There was a formatting glitch but the amounts are back now!


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