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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe

This Instant Pot split pea soup recipe with ham is so easy to make! Throw it in your pressure cooker for 17 minutes and it’s the perfect healthy soup made with dried peas No soaking required beforehand. Homemade split pea soup in less than 20 minutes flat.

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This was the first time I made this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe. Homemade using bagged peas with NO soaking necessary beforehand, I couldn’t believe how perfect it came out! It’s one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes when it is cool outside! (originally published 4/17, affiliate links present)

We don’t always have time to make a home cooked meal, that is why I’m a bit obsessed with the Instant Pot I have. I never ever attempted to cook dry beans before this “magic appliance”. Now I don’t think twice because I know it’s so easy and you’d never know they were rock hard less than 30 minutes before.

Ninja Foodi Split Pea Soup

I used the basic ingredients in my crockpot split pea soup. Of course it was adjusted since I was making this in my pressure cooker. I’ve used my Crockpot Express Ninja Foodi too. It doesn’t matter what brand you have at home.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

It took all day before but knew it would be closer to 15 minutes this time so I started there. Felt it needed a few more minutes, and 17 was just perfect for the split peas to be smooth and the carrots and celery to be tender.

Most of our favorites take only 3-5 minutes to cook like the Instant Pot chili mac we make regularly. It’s amazing what this thing can do with pasta, meat and veggies.

Pressure cooker split pea soup

This is what you’re going to need to get started on making this;

  • Green Split peas – dry
  • Vegetable stock – so much better than water, could use chicken broth or chicken stock instead
  • Onion, dice or add larger slices

These are the basic three ingredients you will need. Everything else is really an add on but I highly recommend that you don’t just leave it to these. We love adding a bit of meat like diced bits of ham, bacon or you could even add a bit of kielbasa if that is what you have and need to use up. I hate wasting food so I like using what I have on hand.

Many times I will find ham hocks so cheap they are almost giving them away at the store. These are great to use for sure. You can put one or two in the middle of the pot with other things all around them. The bits of meat will get tender and cook off.

sliced onions

Here are a few others that I almost always add in there as well but I suppose they are “extras” because the top are what is NEEDED. Bacon bits are fabulous too if I have some left from the morning. I do keep a bag of real bacon bits in the fridge too for a recipe like this one.

  • Celery and even dials of sliced peeled carrots work well if you want to add even more vegetables inside this nutrient rich soup
  • Ham – could throw in a ham hock, chopped ham steak or this is one of our favorite leftover ham recipes
  • Salt and pepper to taste are a given but others could be used like onion salt, garlic powder etc….
  • If you want to add a bay leaves you could, just remember to remove when done
Can you cook dried peas in a pressure cooker?

Most definitely. I have made homemade pressure cooker ham and bean soup as well. NO soaking beforehand is required which means you can have a quick one pot meal in no time.

Do I need to soak beans before pressure cooking?

No, but you can if you really feel you must. I provide this Instant Pot bean cooking times printable sheet for you here. Then you can determine how long each one will take.

I like to salt when it’s done because many times I don’t need any (salt in the ham and broth is plenty). My husband has high blood pressure so I try to be easy on the sodium when I can. It doesn’t need it with all the other items listed.

instant pot split pea soup

Split Pea Soup Instant Pot

  1. Using leftover ham is great, or make our Instant Pot ham recipe first and use that. Of course you can buy precooked diced pieces at the store too year round so no need to wait for Easter or after Christmas time for this baby.

Here’s a quick rundown but we have a printable recipe below as well for you.

  • Put your Instant Pot on saute and add your olive oil, onions and precooked diced ham. If you’re using ham hocks then you wouldn’t add those now.
  • Cook for a few minutes just so onions soften and ham juices come out a bit and add flavor to the rest of your soup. Turn pot off.

    Add dried split peas and all other ingredients. Stir well so salt dissolves (can wait and add salt at end if preferred). 
  • Put your lid on and close valve to sealing position.  Set to manual, pressure, high for 17 minutes cooking time.  Allow to naturally release the steam for 5 minutes, quickly release remaining steam.
  • Stir and serve. The longer it sits the thicker it will become. Top with cheese if desired. Add more broth to thin it out the next day.

So quick and easy! If you want to make this same meal but have it cook all day use the directions for our crockpot split pea soup.

easy split pea soup

If you want to reduce the salt that is fine too. I don’t like highly seasoned foods and 1 1/2 tsp was perfect for us. I tend to season when it’s done. With a side of bread it’s a complete meal and quite healthy too which I appreciate.

  • It is a cheap option to make for your family or share with another who may be having a hard time and need a comfort meal dropped off.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

If you want to save any extras you have, I would. It heats up really nicely the next day or two for lunch or a second go around for dinnertime. Best way to save leftover split pea soup was to of course make sure it cools completely first. Once it is room temperature then transfer it to what you would eat in one serving, inside containers.

Make sure they all have air tight lids, if not then use plastic wrap. I will sit it on top of the soup and then wrap it around the top of the rim so no air gets inside. You will likely want a bit of broth the next day to thin it out a bit because it will get thicker as it sits. A few Tbsp. will do it, stir, heat in microwave for about 1-1.5 minutes.

For other leftover ham recipes check out this post and the soup below. We share a number of easy Ninja Foodi soups here too.

Instant Pot Barley Soup 3

Looking for more pressure cooker recipes or easy Instant Pot soup recipes? We have a bunch of them for sure. I love them so much because it’s a cheap meal that cooks all together in one pot. Nutritionally it is way up there too. Leave out the meat entirely and it is the perfect vegetarian dinner we make rather often.

How do you get rid of gas from split pea soup?

There is NO soaking required to make this. Those who are really sensitive to cooking and eating beans from a dry state you might want to go ahead and soak them for 1 hour anyway. This may help in the digestive process. If you make things with canned beans it helps to drain and rinse in a colander before eating too. Just a tip.

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe

This Instant Pot split pea soup recipe with ham is so easy to make and my kids love it! Throw it in your pressure cooker for 17 minutes and it’s the perfect healthy soup made with dried peas that require no soaking beforehand. Fresh homemade split pea soup in less than 20 minutes flat used to be unheard of until now! #instantpot #pressurecooker 
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, healthy, homemade, instant pot, pressure cooker, soup, split pea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 300kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put your Instant Pot on saute and add your olive oil, onions and ham. 
  • Cook for a few minutes just so onions soften and ham juices come out a bit and add flavor to the rest of your soup. Turn pot off now.
  • Add all other ingredients and stir well so salt dissolves (can wait and add salt at end if preferred). 
  • Put your lid on and close steam valve. 
  • Set to manual, pressure, high for 17 minutes. 
  • Allow to naturally release the steam for 5 minutes, then slowly release rest of steam.
  • Stir and serve. The longer it sits the thicker it will become. Top with cheese if desired.
    Add more broth to thin it out the next day.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 1595mg69%
Potassium 663mg19%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
instant pot split pea soup recipe
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Duffy Daugherty

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Been making green split pea soup for years. It's a fave. This is my 1st time with Instantpot. It's a "winnah" fer shur!! I removed the pork shanks after the soup was done. Removed the bones, used my immersion blender to puree the soup, then replaced the chopped meat. Thinned everything out with an added cup or so of broth, the added about 2t of Texas Pete hot sauce. Pefect-O...!!!

The Typical Mom

Friday 21st of October 2022

So glad you loved it

Robin

Monday 7th of June 2021

This is the first split pea soup I have ever made, It’s so yummy and easy to make. I am making it again tonight

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

OH good, it is our favorite too

Maria

Monday 1st of March 2021

I make this soup at least once a month, I don't really like vegetable broth so I use low sodium chicken broth, I just love this soup I eat it all by myself.

The Typical Mom

Monday 1st of March 2021

Oh good!

Karen

Sunday 1st of November 2020

This was my first time making soup in an instant pot. This recipe is perfect, so tasty. And such a time saver. This one is a keeper!

M

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

I’ve been making this recipe a couple times a year for a couple years now and always for a group of friends that happen to love split pea soup! This is a gold star recipe! I remove a lot of the ham off the bone and chop it up to add to the soup after it’s done. I also add a couple bay leaves and a few potatoes to the instant pot only because I prefer them in my soups. I also take a couple cups of soup out after the release and blend it to make the soup super thick and smooth. I like it when my spoon stands straight up!!! Once it goes in the fridge, I will reheat it with some extra water to loosen it just a bit. It also goes great with garlic cheesy bread! Since I have the ham bone from Easter in the freezer, its time to make it tonight! Can’t wait!

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