This Instant Pot split pea soup recipe can guarantee well-simmered and super smooth pea soup in just half the time you usually need for stovetop cooking.
Packed with ham and a mix of spices, this nutrient-dense soup is not only freezable but allows for healthy tweaks so you can easily make it compatible with your diet.
Is Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Good for You?
Yes, totally! But first, let’s get to know what’s in it.
Split peas are grayish-green or yellow dried peas that belong to the same food group as beans (we also have a recipe for them!), chickpeas, and lentils. Split peas get their name from the harvesting process in which their dried outer skin is removed and then “split” in half.
Ever since the medieval period, split peas have been widely used to make soup and sometimes peas pudding. Split pea soup is a heart-warming soup with peas, ham, and other vegetables of your choice. It’s usually served as a smooth puree with a smoky, nutty and mildly sweet flavor — and today, we’ll be trying the Instant Pot version of it.
Split peas are low in fat and calories while packing a punch of protein and fiber. Most of their calories come from protein and complex carbohydrates.
Split pea soup is enjoyed across many cultures and cuisines. It may provide you some health advantages as it contains these nutrients:
Potassium: Regulates blood pressure and activates enzymes that support metabolism.
Dietary fiber: Keeps you full longer and fuels gut bacteria, thus improving digestive function.
What Do You Need for This Recipe?
With this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe, you can make an easy and heart-warming bowl of split pea soup in no time with a few simple and affordable ingredients.
Besides split peas, ham and unsalted chicken broth serve as the other two sources of protein for this soup. Ham adds an appetizing smoky flavor to the dish while chicken broth works in the background to help the ingredients thoroughly blend together.
Smoked turkey legs can also be a nice swap for ham. If you wish to make it completely vegan, simply leave the meat out and opt for vegetable stock or water instead of chicken broth, and olive oil instead of butter.
Split peas cook very fast. The peas will be simmered to a purée, porridge-like texture and won’t retain their original shape, which is normal and is nothing to be anxious about.
Ham adds a significant amount of sodium to our Instant Pot split pea soup, so better taste it on the go and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
Split pea soup always thickens once cooled down, so don’t freak out if it remains thin no matter how long you’ve been stirring it in the pot. You really don’t need any thickening agent for split pea soup — trust us, we know what we’re doing.
If you plan on preparing this dish in advance and refrigerating it for future use, you will probably have to thin it out a bit with water or broth when reheating.
This Instant Pot split pea soup recipe can guarantee well-simmered and super smooth pea soup in just half the time you usually need for stovetop cooking. Packed with ham and a mix of spices, this nutrient-dense soup is not only freezable but allows for healthy tweaks so you can easily make it compatible with your diet.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.