by Olena

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

by Olena

4.9 from 11 reviews

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is a true 10 minute set and forget recipe. You don’t have to soak the peas or saute the veggies. Pea soup is cheap, filling and healthy.

Love pulses and Instant Pot equally? Make sure to check out out my Instant Pot black bean soup and Instant Pot lentil soup.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Pea Soup

I think every single one of us grew up eating split pea soup. Whether me in Ukraine or you anywhere else. Am I right?!

Regular pea soup takes hours of simmering on a stovetop to really break down the fibers and soften split peas. Not with Instant Pot split pea soup though.

Pressure cooker does all the work for you cooking split peas until tender without hovering over the pot and waiting for hours.

Pressure cooker split pea soup is the best because this magic appliance takes care of the flavors cooking food fast.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

What Are Split Peas?

Split peas are legumes 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.

It is recommended that healthy adult consumes about 3 cups of legumes per week on a 2000 calorie diet (source).

green split peas

Are Split Peas Lentils?

Many people confuse split peas with green lentils. Split peas are not lentils. Both are legumes though.

Split peas are bright green or pale yellow in colour. A shape of a ball split in half in the middle. Hence, the name.

Where as, lentils are pale green-brownish colour and in a shape of a flattened disk with round bumpy middle. This is all in plain English.:)

green and red lentils

Do I Have to Soak Split Peas?

Beans, split peas and lentils are all legumes. You do not have to soak split peas or lentils. However, you do have to soak beans before cooking.

Guess what? With Instant Pot recipes, you do not have to soak even beans. You can cook dried beans in minutes. That is why Instant Pot is a magic appliance.

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.

Can I Use Yellow Split Peas?

Absolutely. There is no major difference between green and yellow split peas except their colour.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe in a bowl

How to Make Split Pea Soup without Ham Bone

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. 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.:)

Instead, for this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe I use chicken or beef soup bones 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!

How to make Instant Pot split pea soup recipe step by step

How to Make Vegan Green Pea Soup

You can make delicious and flavourful vegan split pea soup. Especially in Instant Pot where high pressure extracts the most flavors from ingredients.

I often make vegetarian split pea soup because I do not have soup bones on hand or want to eat less meat and low fat. I like to add smoked paprika or liquid smoke after split pea soup has finished cooking. Amount is to taste. It adds that umami flavor.

How Long Does It Take to Make Split Pea Soup in Instant Pot?

OK, Instant Pot is a magic appliance but I’m not going to lie it is not that instant.

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.

But please keep in mind that you spend 10 minutes to throw everything together and you can walk away and do laundry, homework or just watch TV with a glass of wine. Amazing!

Still on a fence about Instant Pot? Check out which one I recommend to buy from my experience. Own one but still not 100% confident around it? Read my Instant Pot guide. Lots of tips and tricks.

How to Thicken or Thin Out Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup thickens with time.

Right after cooking, soup might look thin to you. In 5-6 hours it will be much thicker. Trust me, I played around with different amounts of dried split peas and liquid.

Instant Pot split pea soup next day

Next day after being refrigerated, split pea soup will be even more thick. First warm it up on the stove in inner pot or inside the pressure cooker on Saute. It kind of “melts”.

If it is still too thick once reheated, add 1-2 cups water until desired consistency. You might also have to add a bit more salt.

Instant Pot split pea soup covered with lid

Did you know you can remove inner stainless steel pot, cover with a silicone lid or glass lid and refrigerate? Then reheat next day right on the stove or in Instant Pot?! No need to transfer to a container.

Can I Freeze Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup?

Yes.

Instant Pot 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.

More Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Did you know we have entire Youtube channel dedicated to healthy Instant Pot recipes and tips? My goal is to help you become confident with your Instant Pot by demonstrating each delicious foolproof recipe in step-by-step videos.

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Looking for more dinner ideas? Check out my most popular collection of 30 healthy Instant Pot recipes.

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!:)

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.

pressure cooker split pea soup

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

4.9 from 11 reviews

Easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is a true 10 minute set and forget recipe. You don’t have to soak the peas or saute the veggies. Split pea soup is cheap, filling and healthy.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 11 (8 Qt.) servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

6 Quart Instant Pot

  • 12 lbs chicken or beef soup bones
  • 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
  • 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
  • Smoked paprika or liquid smoke, to taste*

8 Quart Instant Pot

  • 12 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
  • 3 cups (3 large) 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
  • Smoked paprika or liquid smoke, to taste*

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add soup bones, onion, carrots, garlic, split peas, potatoes, water or 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 25 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).

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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 ;))

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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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