Course Soups
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Dry Peas
Specialty Diet Gluten Free
Occasion Instant Pot
Recipe Contributed By Bowl of Delicious

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrot, diced
  • 1 ham bone, (1 bone is approx. 6 oz. diced ham)
  • 1 lb split peas, dried; sorted through and rinsed
  • 6 cups chicken stock, or veggie stock, water or a mixture
  • 2 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper


  • Turn pressure cooker to the "sauté" setting. Melt butter and sauté onion, celery, and carrots, seasoned with salt and pepper, for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the split peas, stock/water, ham, and bay leaves.
  • Cover pressure cooker and set to manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes.
  • If you used a ham bone: remove the it from the soup and remove the ham meat that's still attached to it. Add the ham meat back into the soup.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately, or store in your refrigerator for up to 1 week or freezer in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


  • For a vegetarian version, omit the ham, use more salt and pepper, and make sure to use vegetable stock or water instead of chicken. For a vegan version, use olive oil instead of butter.
  • To make this in your slow cooker, add all ingredients (omitting the butter) to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, or until split peas are cooked to desired tenderness.
  • To make this on your stovetop, sauté veggies as instructed in a large pot. After adding the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for approximately one hour (or until split peas are cooked to desired tenderness).
  • This soup will likely thicken once it cools and is refrigerated, especially if you use a ham bone to make it because of the gelatin. Thin out with water and adjust seasonings as necessary.