Monday, November 2, 2020

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup


Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup has loads of flavor and is a heartwarming, heartwarming hug in a bowl! With ham, onion, garlic and thyme. You can also prepare it vegetarian or vegan.


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 pound of green split peas
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound of chopped smoked ham (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


First, add the oil, butter, onion, carrots and celery to your Instant Pot. Press the Sauté button and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Then, stir in the garlic, followed by the broth, split peas, ham (if using), smoked paprika and cumin.

Stir well, then close the lid, make sure the valve is on "sealer," and press the "manual" button to set the timer to cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. It will take about 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize.

After the countdown is over, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes. You can then do a quick release if you want, or just let it release naturally for the rest of the time.

Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Happy Cooking Time.

Recipe Notes

You can add the ground ham that I suggest in the recipe (great for leftover ham), or you can add a whole ham bone or pork knuckle (up to 2 pounds maximum).

Use low sodium broth if you are concerned about salt, as ham can be quite salty.

You may need to add more broth to the leftovers as the soup will thicken the longer you leave it on.

Here is the 6 liter instant jar that I used.

The inactivity time indicates how long it takes for the Instant Pot to reach pressure and release pressure.