by Olena

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

by Olena

Instant Pot split pea soup in the bowl

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot split pea soup is a true 5 minute set and forget recipe. You don’t have to soak split peas or sauté the veggies. Pressure cooker split pea soup is the best because this magic appliance takes care of the flavors cooking food fast.

There are 2 types of split pea soup: very thick one with high split pea content and thinner one with other vegetables. I grew up in Ukraine eating the second type my grandma used to make. And that’s the green pea soup I make in my Instant Pot now. By the way, you can use yellow split peas.

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

Split peas are legumes. It is recommended (source) that healthy adult consumes about 3 cups of legumes per week on a 2000 calorie diet. Split peas are high in protein making split pea soup a complete vegetarian meal. And I belong to strong believers that we should eat less meat.

Split peas also contain a good amount of heart healthy minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Which may help prevent high blood pressure.

How to make Instant Pot split pea soup step by step

Ham Bone In or Out?

My grandma always made split pea soup with soup bones if she had them. Or vegetarian because money were tight.

Today the situation in North America is the following: ham is highly processed unhealthy food. So adding ham bone defeats the purpose of eating a healthy meal. At least, that’s what I’m after and hope you are too if you are here.:)

I have a few solutions for you:

  1. Make pressure cooker bone broth and use it and the meat in it as a base. So much goodness and health benefits!!!
  2. Make vegan split pea soup and add smoked paprika or liquid smoke.

I promise you in any case, pressure cooker will take care of the flavors for you.

If you want to be healthy, save money and cook less, start cooking big pots of soup and stew. Said I, a kid raised in poor country eating soups every day.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup served in the bowl

Natural or Quick Release?

Either.

Because soup contains large amount of liquid, it takes time for Instant Pot to bring it to a boiling point and build pressure. I usually have no time to wait for Natural Release that takes about 30-40 minutes. I release pressure by turning the pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 3-4 minutes.

But to be honest, split pea soup thickens even further within next few hours and even more the next day. And that’s what happens during Natural Release. So it is all up to you.:)

Can I Freeze Pea Soup?

Yes. Split pea soup is perfect for freezing because it contains no starchy pasta or thin flesh vegetables. Once thawed, it tastes as good as fresh. Freeze in an airtight glass container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on a counter during the day. If in a rush, simmer covered on low, stirring occasionally.

Now if you tell me you don’t have time to cook, I will (gently) smack your butt. Appropriate or not but I figured we are friends, so totally OK. Enjoy!:)

More High Protein Vegetarian Soups to Try:

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

5 from 2 reviews

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup is a true 5 minute set and forget recipe. You don’t have to soak peas or saute veggies.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 11 (8 Qt.) servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

6 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups (1 lb) dry green/yellow split peas, rinsed & drained
  • 2 cups (2 large) potatoes, cubed
  • 10 cups low sodium stock or bone broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • Smoked paprika or liquid smoke, to taste*

8 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups green/yellow split peas, rinsed & drained
  • 3 cups (3 large) potatoes, cubed
  • 14 cups low sodium stock or bone broth
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • Smoked paprika or liquid smoke, to taste*

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add onion, carrots, garlic, split peas, potatoes, stock, bay leaves and pepper. Pot shouldn’t be more than 2/3 full.**
  2. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  3. After display beeps and says OFF, soup is ready but Instant Pot needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. You can let it do it on its own which will take about 30 minutes – Natural Release. OR you can do Quick Release by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 3-4 minutes. I recommend doing so outside to avoid the mess and smell.
  4. Open and serve hot. Split pea soup thickens even further within next few hours and even more the next day.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container or inner Instant Pot pot with a fitting glass lid for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

*If you make vegan split pea soup, add smoked paprika or liquid smoke for that umami flavor. Or just leave it alone.:)

**If your inner pot doesn’t have 2/3 full marking, it is very important to fill the pot only 2/3 full when pressure cooking. Ignore the cups, L and near the edge Max ticks. Your pot always should be not more than 2/3 full when making soup (read more).

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Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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