Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

This thick and savory instant pot split pea soup is filled with carrots, onions, potatoes, and ham- and takes less than an hour from start to finish! 



I have a bold statement to make. Once you try this split pea soup recipe, you won’t ever try another one. This is the same recipe that I make on the stove-top and you should just take a gander at the comments. People are obsessed. And I honestly can’t blame them, this soup is on point. It’s thick, hearty, and full of flavor. I can’t even take credit for it either. This recipe comes from my mom, (as all of the best recipes do). She is also the one who introduced me to the instant pot method, so once again, I owe her one. 


Split-Pea-Soup-RecipeSplit Pea Soup with a Ham Bone:

This is the best way to make use of leftover ham, and definitely the best way to use a leftover ham bone. The ham bone gives the broth so much amazing flavor. Just toss the uncleaned bone right into the broth. If you’d rather save the bone for a soup-making day down the road, you can definitely freeze the bone for future use.

Ham Bone Substitutes for Split Pea Soup:

Using smoked ham shanks or ham hocks are a great alternative and also add tremendous flavor. (If you can ask the butcher for one or the other, a shank is meatier and more preferable for this recipe.)

Chopped salted pork and/or chopped smoked bacon can also be substituted.

Soaking your peas overnight:

Soaking your peas overnight, or for several hours is optional, but you may choose to soak your split peas overnight or for a few hours before making this soup, it tends to produce a thicker broth.

Other ways to use up a leftover ham:

This lentil soup recipe, which also comes from my mom, is another delicious way to make use out of leftover ham/ham bones.


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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

This thick and savory instant pot split pea soup is filled with carrots, onions, potatoes, and ham and takes less than an hour from start to finish!


  • 8 cups water (or 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 4 cups water)
  • 1 small ham bone or ham hock (optional but preferred!)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 + ½ cups diced carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups (a 1 lb. bag) of dry split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt (optional: the ham bone adds salt to the soup already)
  • 1 large russet potato, diced into cubes


Add all of the ingredients to the instant pot. Make sure the pot isn’t more than 2/3 full.

Secure the lid and set it to cook on high (or press the ‘pressure cook’ button) for 25 minutes.

Once finished, let 10-15 minutes pass before you trigger the quick release valve. This will allow most of the pressure to release naturally, allowing the soup to cook a little bit longer.

Remove the ham bone/hock, the bay leaves, and thyme stems. Serve!

Vegetable Broth can be used instead of chicken broth and the ham can be omitted for a vegetarian option.

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