This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham is such an easy soup recipe to throw together. Serve this hearty and flavorful soup with a side salad or crusty bread. The leftovers are great too, and can be re-heated for a quick lunch or dinner. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegetarian. Ready in 45 minutes.

bowl of instant pot split pea soup with veggies.

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup. This super easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is a one-pot meal that only needs 15 minutes cooking time at high pressure.

You don’t even need to soak the peas before cooking this soup. Add this easy pressure cooker meal to next week’s meal plan. I hope this recipe becomes your new favorite soup. You won’t be disappointed!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • The soup is done in 45 minutes total. Most of the cooking is hands-off which means you can let the Instant Pot work its magic while you do other things.
  • Customize this recipe to your liking. If you are serving it to vegans or vegetarians, use vegetable broth and leave out the ham.
  • Freeze the leftovers! This recipe makes 8 servings so you can always freeze half of it for later.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for instant pot split pea soup.

Split green peas make the base of this hearty soup.

Veggies like carrots, celery, and onion add nutrition and great texture to the soup.

Ham adds saltiness and protein to make this a satisfying meal! Be sure that your ham is gluten-free if you are on a gluten-free diet.

See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Recipe Steps

process photos for instant pot split pea soup.

Step One

Heat your oil and sauté the veggies with olive oil in the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. This extra step helps add flavor to the dish.

Step Two

Rinse your split peas in a fine-mesh sieve and add them to the pot with the chicken broth, thyme, and bay leaf.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Lock on the lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.

Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down for 10 minutes (natural release) before removing the lid.

Step Four

Stir in your chopped ham and serve hot. This recipe would go great with a side of gluten-free sourdough bread or a side of gluten-free cornbread!

serving spoon with a serving of instant pot cooked split pea soup.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • You do not have to soak green peas before cooking them.
  • If you prefer a thinner consistency, feel free to stir in an extra cup of warmed broth or water at the end of the cooking process.
  • To make this recipe vegetarian, just leave out the ham and add a teaspoon of salt to help replace some of the flavor.
  • You can use bacon instead of ham in this recipe. You can either sauté a pound of uncooked bacon with the veggies, or you can stir in cooked and chopped bacon at the end.
white ceramic bowl with a serving of split pea soup with chopped parsley on top.

Recipe FAQs 

Do I have to soak the peas before cooking them?

You do not have to soak the green split peas before cooking them. You can also use yellow split peas in this soup.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Yes, just leave out the ham and be sure to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You may need to add some extra salt to replace some of the flavor that would have come from the ham.

Can I use bacon instead of ham?

Yes, you can use bacon instead of ham in this recipe. You can either sauté the uncooked bacon with the veggies, or you can stir in cooked and chopped cooked bacon at the end.

two bowls of instant pot split pea soup ready to eat.

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bowl of instant pot split pea soup with ham.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup


Description

This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham is such an easy soup recipe to throw together. Serve this hearty and flavorful soup with a side salad or crusty bread. The leftovers are great too, and can be re-heated for a quick lunch or dinner. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegetarian. Ready in 45 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound uncooked split green peas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 8ounce cooked ham steak, diced (be sure your ham is gluten-free if you are on a gluten-free diet)

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot. Pour in the oil and let it heat up for a few minutes.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rinsed split peas, broth, thyme, and the bay leaf.
  4. Lock on the lid and set the time to 15 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes.
  6. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  7. Remove the lid and discard the bay leaf. Stir in the diced ham steak and let it heat up in the soup for a few minutes.
  8. Serve the soup hot.

Notes

  1. You do not have to soak green peas before cooking them.
  2. If you prefer a thinner consistency, feel free to stir in an extra cup of warmed broth or water at the end of the cooking process.
  3. To make this recipe vegetarian, just leave out the ham and add a teaspoon of salt to help replace some of the flavor.
  4. You can use bacon instead of ham in this recipe. You can either sauté a pound of uncooked bacon with the veggies, or you can stir in cooked and chopped bacon at the end.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pressure cooker split pea soup, instant pot ham soup

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