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!
This was the first time I made this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe and I couldn’t believe how perfect it came out! It’s not always that I try something and it works. Many times I feel it needs a few tweaks here and there and “I’ll try this and that next time I make it”. I used the basic ingredients I used to make my crockpot split pea soup and adjusted it just a bit since I was making it 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 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 were just tender enough. 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’ve gotten distracted and realize everyone is starving, or know we have activities in the evening I know I can have an entire meal ready in about 20 minutes max!
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)
- Add your veggies
- Add some salt for flavor
- Cook for 17 minutes on high pressure, slow release when done on your steam valve (move just slightly)
Here’s a printable version of our Instant Pot split pea soup recipe and a video showing you how I make it
If you want to reduce the salt that is fine too but I don’t like highly seasoned foods and 1 1/2 tsp was perfect since nothing else you’re adding really has salt (unless you’re using regular chicken stock then you might want to add less salt).
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.
Looking for more Instant Pot soup recipes?
- Instant Pot chicken noodle soup
- Instant Pot barley soup
- Instant Pot lasagna soup
- Instant pot potato corn chowder
Our pressure cooker sausage soup uses dry beans in it as well and tastes fantastic.
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 40 oz vegetable stock
- 2 c split peas dry, uncooked
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 carrots sliced
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt (more or less depending on preference)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 c ham diced
- 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.
- Move your steam valve just slightly so the steam releases and carefully lift lid.
- Stir and serve. The longer it sits the thicker it will become. Top with cheese if desired.
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