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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. 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)

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 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 Ninja Foodi too.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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

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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.

Pressure cooker split pea soup

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

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.

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

Time needed: 17 minutes.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

  1. Saute

    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). 

  2. Cook

    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.

Instant Pot split pea soup

With a side of bread it’s a complete meal and quite healthy too which I appreciate.

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

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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. 
  • 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.
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