Split Pea Soup in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

So I get a text from Dean yesterday morning that he was in the mood for split pea soup.  I’ve never made split pea soup.  I had it growing up, sure, but I’ve never made it.  So many people don’t like the look of it, but I remember loving it as a kid. He said he was hesitant to request this because he didn’t want to stress me out, but the Instant Pot makes everything so easy, seriously, no stress involved!  I appreciate the requests!

This was amazing!

Split Pea and Ham Soup

  • 8 oz (give or take – I used more) ham, cubed
  • 1-lb (package) dried split peas
  • 6-7 cups chicken broth
  • 4 or 5 stalks of celery
  • 1 large onion or 2 small
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and Pepper

I love simple recipes.   You can ruin a meal by overthinking and by over-seasoning or adding more ingredients than necessary.  Simple flavors that mesh well together are what makes food so good (IMO).

And for all of you budget conscious people, want to know how much this meal cost me?  About $6.  I bought a $15 half ham and divided it and froze four portions but used one portion for this – so it made five portions that I can use for quiche, soups, whatever….

You can use a ham bone for this but I didn’t.  I like more meat and a more hearty soup.

split pea soup

Start by looking through your split peas for anything that isn’t a pea – sometimes you will find little stones according to some (I’ve never).  I always rinse beans, etc. because one time, many many years ago, I ran a licensed daycare and left beans inside of a jar to use with craft projects and a month or so later found bugs crawling around in it.  Dried foods like this can have little bug eggs in them that you don’t know about until they hatch.  Yeah, gross!

instant pot soup baseMy soup bases almost always start with celery and onions pureed in the Vitamix.  You can saute these in your Instant Pot; however, I did not because I pureed.  Too much work 😉  Add thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and then chopped carrots (again, I use the Vitamix and let them bounce around on low to get them chopped to about 1/4 inch – less work).

Next, toss in the split peas and the ham and chicken broth.

Set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes.  When time is up, allow it to sit turned off for 15 minutes (this is a natural pressure release).  Then, release remaining pressure by venting.

instant pot pressure release

I have to confess, I’m so disappointed I haven’t made this before.  The taste is so good!  Everything about it.

Again, pressure cooking just brings out the flavor so well that it tastes like it was simmered for hours.

pressure cooker split pea soup