by Olena

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Olena Osipov
4.9 from 33 votes

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup just like grandma used to make! This hearty, protein rich, comforting soup is made with unsoaked split peas, ham or soup bones, and fresh veggies in a fraction of time. So easy, cheap and perfect for cold weather!

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Pea Soup

Instant Pot split pea soup brings childhood memories for majority of us. I think every single one of us grew up eating split pea soup. Whether me in Ukraine or you anywhere else. Am I right?!

I took my Ukrainian grandma’s split pea soup recipe and adapted to beloved Instant Pot. Pressure cooker does all the work for you cooking split peas until tender without hovering over the pot and waiting for hours.

This soup turned out so delicious, comforting and my favorite – budget friendly! I am going over many variations and substitutions below.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Ingredients for Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

  • Yellow or green split peas: Split peas are legumes and many people confuse split peas with green lentils. Split peas are not lentils. Both are legumes though.
  • Meat (optional) with bone: My grandma always made split pea soup with soup bones if she had them. Or vegetarian because money were tight. You can use (smoked) ham bone, chicken or beef soup bones, and even turkey carcass, and even smoked turkey leg.
  • Veggies: Potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.
  • Liquid: If using meat, you will cook soup with water. In other cases, you can use chicken or vegetable stock/broth from a carton or bouillon cubes diluted in water.
  • Seasonings: Bay leaves, salt, pepper, fresh herbs like parsley or dill.

carrots, potatoes, split peas, bay leaves inside instant pot

How to Make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

  • Add all ingredients: In Instant Pot, add soup bones, onion, carrots, garlic, split peas, potatoes, water or stock, bay leaves, salt and pepper. No need to saute onion or garlic as food cooked under pressure comes out more flavorful.
  • Pressure cook for 25 minutes: With pressure building up, cooking time and a bit of pressure coming down, split pea soup in Instant Pot takes about 1 hour. Cooking time also depends whether you use 6 quart or 8 quart electric pressure cooker. There is less liquid to heat in a 6 quart pot than in an 8 quart one – so split pea soup cooks faster.
  • Release pressure and season: You can let pressure come down on its own (if you are away) or wait 10 minutes for liquid to stop bubbling and turn valve to Venting. Now add parsley or dill, stir and enjoy!

To make soup in slow cooker: Saute onion and garlic with a bit of butter. Then combine all ingredients in large slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe in a bowl

Tips and FAQs

  • Do I have to soak split peas? No. For some reason, my grandma always soaked split peas in Ukraine many years ago. Maybe we had different split peas or she wanted them to cook faster. Not sure. Today, you do not have to soak split peas.
  • To create rich broth with deep flavor: If you have time, make Instant Pot bone broth first and use it as a soup base. So much goodness and health benefits!
  • Keep it vegan/vegetarian: Omit meat, use vegetable broth and add smoked paprika or liquid smoke to taste after split pea soup has finished cooking.
  • Wait 10 minutes before releasing pressure: Even after soup is done cooking, liquid is boiling vigorously inside the pot. Let it settle a bit to avoid starchy soup splattering all over your kitchen.
  • 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients of 6 quart recipe in half and cook for same time.
  • Can I make 6 quart amounts in 8 quart? Yes.
  • Frozen ham bone or carcass? If you froze a ham bone or turkey carcass from the holidays, no need to thaw it. Just follow the recipe.

Instant Pot split pea soup next day

Storing and Reheating Tips

Storing: Refrigerate in an airtight container or inner pot with lid for up to 5 days. Soup will thicken a bit.

Reheating: Split pea soup thickens with time. Right after cooking, soup will look watery. In 5-6 hours or overnight, split peas will break down further thickening the soup. To thin out the soup, first warm it up on the stove or in the inner pot inside of Instant Pot on Saute. If it is still too thick, add water or broth until desired consistency. You might also have to add a bit more salt.

Freezing: Split pea soup contains no starchy pasta or thin flesh vegetables. Once thawed, it tastes as good as fresh. Freeze in an airtight glass container with some room for expansion 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.

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup {Grandma's Recipe}

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup just like grandma used to make! This hearty, protein rich, comforting soup is made with unsoaked split peas, ham or soup bones, and fresh veggies in a fraction of time. So easy, cheap and perfect for cold weather!
4.94 from 33 votes
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Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 7 (6 Qt.), 11 (8 Qt.) servings
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

6 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1-2 lbs chicken/beef soup bones or a ham bone
  • 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
  • 1 cup 1 large potato cubed
  • 11 cups water 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

8 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1-2 lbs chicken or beef soup bones
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups green/yellow split peas rinsed & drained
  • 1 1/2 cups 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 14 cups water low sodium stock or bone broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup parsley or dill finely chopped

Instructions

  • In Instant Pot, add soup bones, onion, carrots, garlic, split peas, potatoes, water or stock, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Pot shouldn’t be more than 2/3 full.
  • Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 25 minutes.
  • After allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes to avoid splattering. Then turn valve to Venting. Or you can let pressure subside on its own which will take about 30 minutes - Natural Release.
  • Open, add parsley 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

      • Reheating: Split pea soup thickens with time. Right after cooking, soup will look watery. In 5-6 hours or overnight, split peas will break down further thickening the soup. To thin out the soup, first warm it up on the stove or in the inner pot inside of Instant Pot on Saute. If it is still too thick, add water or broth until desired consistency. You might also have to add a bit more salt.
      • Do I have to soak split peas? No. For some reason, my grandma always soaked split peas in Ukraine many years ago. Maybe we had different split peas or she wanted them to cook faster. Not sure. Today, you do not have to soak split peas.
      • To create rich broth with deep flavor: If you have time, make Instant Pot bone broth first and use it as a soup base. So much goodness and health benefits!
      • Keep it vegan/vegetarian: Omit meat, use vegetable broth and add smoked paprika or liquid smoke to taste after split pea soup has finished cooking.
      • 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients of 6 quart recipe in half and cook for same time.
      • Can I make 6 quart amounts in 8 quart? Yes.
      • Frozen ham bone or carcass? If you froze a ham bone or turkey carcass from the holidays, no need to thaw it. Just follow the recipe.
      • To make soup in slow cooker: Saute onion and garlic with a bit of butter. Then combine all ingredients in large slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 2cups | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 899mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3236IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        I made the pea soup today using whole, yellow peas. I had to cook the soup an extra 15 minutes because the whole peas weren’t quite cooked. Perfection! Wonderful flavour!

      2. This soup sounds so good! I have whole yellow peas for French Canadian Pea Soup, do you think they would work in this recipe or would I have to increase the time?

      3. 5 stars
        Your split pea soup recipe was exactly like my mother’s Cape Breton soup. Most pea soup recipe do not use potatoes I I think they make it a complete meal. delicious. it tastes better next day. thanks, Bob

      4. 5 stars
        Excellent recipe! I substituted with onion powder. I had a ham bone and left over ham in the freezer from Thanksgiving so I used that. I did use only about 8-9 cups of liquid bc I had hit the 2/3 mark in the 8qt pot. So good! Thank you!!

      5. The reason gramma soaked the beans is because back in the day they knew that soaking released the harmful chemical LECTIN and made beans safe for the human body, I have been looking into this as its clearing up a lot of my issues simply by following this lectin free diet.
        A pressure cooker kills lectins.
        Have a great day and thank you for sharing~!

      6. 5 stars
        This soup is amazingly easy and delicious!!! It smells so good!!! My family really enjoys your recipes. Thank you, Olena 🌹

      7. 5 stars
        I left out onion and added onion powder. I used dried parsley instead of fresh. I added chopped chicken, garlic powder, and liquid smoke. Really good.

      8. 5 stars
        Made this recipe and it was excellent, Added a ham steak diced and frozen corn and peas.
        used 10 cups of roasted chicken better than bouillion broth
        This will be one of my goto recipes this coming winter.
        Love your recipes, simple and easy to follow your videos

      9. 5 stars
        Hi Olena
        We made the vegan version of this soup last night and it was absolutely delicious 🙂
        Thank you so much for the recipe

      10. 5 stars
        Made this as written and it turned out awesome! Loved it and the simple ingredients I already had on hand! 2 drops of liquid smoke I added at the end. Soup bones gave great flavour.

      11. 5 stars
        Great quick recipe. I have used better than bullion stock and did not add any salt to compensate. Adding some tomatoes adds nice acidity. In addition to this recipe I have fried tortillas with cheese inside on a pan, they go good together.

      12. Hi! I don’t have any bones, but I have chicken breast. Can I add that raw chicken to the pot?

      13. 5 stars
        Delicious soup that’s also super easy to make! I ran out of regular potato and ended up using sweet potato instead – it was still delicious. Thanks Olena!

        1. I enjoy your blog so much! The recipes are great and remind me of meals I grew up with. Thank you for creating a positive, enjoyable, and informative site!

      14. 5 stars
        This was delicious! I just finished a bowl. The only thing I did differently, I used a small ham shank instead of bones. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

      15. 5 stars
        Question before I make this for dinner tomorrow… Do I need to thaw the soup bones before cooking? Or, can I put them in straight from the freezer?

          1. Hi,
            Since I do not have enough split green beans, can I make a mixture of red lentils and split green peas…and still have it turn out yummy?
            I’m new to insta pot cooking….love your detailed instructions!!

        1. As a garnish to a pot of cooked soup. In a pot and some in bowls. Fresh herbs are always added this way to the soup. Best not to cook them. Enjoy!

      16. 5 stars
        I used vegetable better than bullion to make it vegan, and it worked great. Using the smoked paprika or liquid smoke really adds to the rich flavor.

      17. 5 stars
        Just made this soup using your recipe, wow, so delicious. The only thing is my peas came out a little overcooked, so next time I will cook for 20 min most. While my soup was cooking I baked boneless, skinless chicken thighs and added it to cooked soup. I was nervous, but it’s an absolutely delicious soup. Thank you so much for sharing ;))

      18. Hi I am thinking about making this for dinner tomorrow. Can it be made with out the soup bones as I don’t have any on hand.

      19. 5 stars
        If you love split pea soup, make this. If you are not sure if you like split peas, make this. If you think you probably don’t like split peas, MAKE THIS! I have had this on my list to make for fall. Yesterday, the weather went from hot in the morning to cold in the afternoon, so I tossed these ingredients into the crock pot in the morning (yes, I know this is an instant pot recipe, but Olena’s recipes are adaptable). I was skeptical about liking this since I normally only like peas in small quantities, but since I have been eating more healthy for a few months I decided I was willing to try to develop a taste. When I walked in from the cold, wet evening to my warm house smelling like this soup….ahhhhhhh, so cozy! I cooked a few whole skin on chicken thighs in the soup, so I fished them out and used two forks to remove the skin and bones and shred the meat, which I returned to the pot. This soup was SO GOOD, and now I have enough for a couple of days as well as a few mason jars for the freezer when I don’t have time to cook (or to take to work). (I just finished a jar of Olena’s Thai Chicken Soup for lunch since I already had it thawed. Check out that wonderful recipe, too.)

        1. So happy to hear, Kimberly! Of course you can cook it in a crock pot if you know the machine. Too funny but I made this soup today cleaning out the fridge. So even turkey juices and gravy went there from my recipe tests. I was short on split peas so I added red lentils and white beans. My teenager asked for this soup today and now he is in heaven.
          Thanks for taking time to write such a long wonderful review. Have a great weekend!

      20. 5 stars
        Absolutely the best split pea soup I’ve tried! Thank you so much for the recipe. Quick question…how can I incorporate whole grains into the recipe? I want to save time by adding it to the instant pot instead of cooking them separately. I was thinking of brown rice, pot barley or bulgur. Would that work?

        1. Yes, for sure. I do it very often. Just add 1/2 cup of uncooked and rinsed grain right with other ingredients. Consistency will be great right after but next day you might want to add more water or broth and adjust salt to taste. Split pea soup really thickens overnight and with extra grains there – for sure.

        1. Why not? Why ham and not soup bones? Of course! Nice rich flavour without loads of sodium like ham. Use what you have. Bones go with any soup. Always. 🙂

      21. I am about to put your recipe together for tonight’s dinner. It sounds delicious. One thing concerns me though, the makers of instant pot said absolutely DO NOT put the inner pot on the stove. Do I or don’t I ?

        1. They did? Not sure. To me it looks like regular stainless steel pot. I have been reheating in it for years on the stove and no issues. For reheating, not cooking in it on the stove. I don’t see why not but it’s up to you how you reheat the soup. I do many things with IP against “their rules”.:) Many are for legal reasons they say.

      22. 4 stars
        Because I have a smaller pot (Ninja Foodi), it was way too high after I added all the ingredients and I was afraid it would blow up!! I transferred it to a Dutch oven and cooked this on stove top for 3.5 hours. It is delicious! It is thick, and I don’t miss the hambone at all. I added more salt and used Hungarian paprika…it is really, really good!! Thanks Olena!!

      23. 5 stars
        I made this soup this morning. I used beef bones, as thats what I had in my freezer, and beef broth. First let me say, it tasted nothing like the split pea soup of my youth..BUT.. it was absolutely delicious!! I loved it! It was like the most mouth watering beef and vegetable soup with the heaviness of the chunks of beef. I will definitely be making this again, especially throughout the winter months!

      24. 5 stars
        My grandma used to make a split pea soup and it had potatoes. I made your version with bacon and it was delicious. Thank you so much!

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