Wednesday, October 24, 2018

InstaPot Split Pea Soup

Sue and I shared our Crock Pot Split Pea Soup recipe (HERE)  and it turned into a family favorite. 
It just made sense when Sue bought me an InstaPot this year for our birthday to try it in the new machine. It's basically the exact same recipe with a few slight adjustments to fit the new cooking method. In the pressure cooker you go from start to finish in under 40 minutes. 
I usually use green split peas but our local grocery store was out so I used yellow split peas. It actually is a much prettier color than the green. The taste is the same though, in case you were wondering. 

InstaPot Split Pea Soup

3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ham bone
1 lb split peas, rinsed
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
salt & pepper

Turn InstaPot to saute. Melt the butter and saute the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic for about 5 minutes - until vegetables soften. 
Add in the ham bone, split peas, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaves, and salt & pepper. 

Cover the InstaPot and set to manual high for 17 minutes. 
When complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
Remove ham bone from the pot and cut off any ham from the bone.

I like to then take a hand blender and puree the soup for a few seconds. You want to leave some chunks so a few pulses in the soup should do the trick. (You don't have to do this, I just like the texture better.) Now place the ham back into the soup and discard the bone.
Serve hot with a little hot sauce, if desired.

Remember to save your ham bone from the next big dinner so you can make a batch of this! It freezes very well too so no need to worry about making too much. 
My favorite way to eat it? With soooo many crackers, of course. 

Split pea soup is hearty and healthy and delicious and inexpensive. It's also a great recipe to introduce you to cooking in an InstaPot. 
The perfect cold weather meal!


  1. This is comfort food and we love it! We don't have an Instant pot but my husband loves to cook with the pressure cooker and this would be perfect. Yellow split pea look nicer than green, but all split peas are delicious anyways! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm trying this FOR SURE! I love new IP recipes. Thanks for sharing guys! :)

  3. I love split pea soup. The yellow split peas do make for a much prettier colour, so it's good to know it tastes just the same. Can't wait to try this!

  4. I have split green peas and now after seeing your post I feel like making soup. Yours looks great with a bright sunshine colour. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Split pea soup takes me back to my childhood! I loved it when my mother made this. I haven't had it in years. Love that you made this into an Instant Pot recipe!