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.
This was the first time I made this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe and I couldn’t believe how perfect it came out! The first doesn’t always work but it’s great when it does. I used the basic ingredients I used to make my crockpot split pea soup. Of course it was adjusted since I was making this in my Instant Pot using the pressure cooker function. It took all day in my slow cooker but knew my Instant Pot chili only took about 15 minutes 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. 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.
When I’ve forgotten to make dinner I know I can have this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe done in 20 minutes!
Most of our favorites take only 3-5 minutes to cook like the Instant Pot chili mac we make regularly.
These are the ingredients for pressure cooker split pea soup:
- Split peas – dry
- Vegetable stock – so much better than water
- Ham – could throw in a ham hock or this is one of our favorite leftover ham recipes
- Salt – I like to salt when it’s done because many times I don’t need any (salt in the ham and broth is plenty)
Here is all you have to do to make this easy Instant Pot split pea soup recipe
- Chop your onion, celery, ham (using leftover ham is great, or make our Instant Pot ham recipe first and use that) and carrots
- Put your IP on saute and add some olive oil, your onions and ham (brings out a lot of flavor)
- Add your vegetable stock (you can use water but this makes it much more flavorful)
- Dump in your veggies
- A pinch of salt for flavor
- Cook for 17 minutes on high pressure, slow release when done on your steam valve (move just slightly)
Here’s a video of our Instant Pot split pea soup recipe
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.
This easy Instant Pot split pea soup recipe is now one of my favorites!
With a side of bread it’s a complete meal and quite healthy too which I appreciate.
- If you want to make this Instant Pot split pea soup into a freezer meal, here are the directions.
- If you want to make this same meal but have it cook all day use the directions for our crockpot split pea soup.
- For other leftover ham recipes check out this post and the soup below.
Looking for more Instant Pot soup recipes?
- Instant Pot chicken noodle soup
- Seen above is our Instant Pot barley soup
- The best Instant pot potato corn chowder
- Our pressure cooker sausage soup uses dry beans in it as well and tastes fantastic.
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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 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.