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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Leftover Ham

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

I know there are a lot of Instant Pot split pea soup recipes out there. I debated whether or not to even post one, until I realized this method was truly different. I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of eating a bowl of complete mush – which is what we usually associate with split pea soup. So to avoid that, I did a few things that are not the “norm.”

Most people will swear that you don’t need to soak split peas. And while technically you don’t have to soak them, there are two huge benefits to doing so. First, they digest more easily – meaning less gas. Some people say unsoaked beans don’t affect them, but soaking them has been proven to make digestion easier by helping break down the sugars. Secondly, soaking them reduces the cook time. And since I’m trying to cook them as quickly as possible (and avoid them turning to mush), soaking them was the better choice for me.

 

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The Process

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Pour 2 tablespoons of salt into a large bowl.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Fill bowl with lukewarm and stir to dissolve salt.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Add peas to bowl and let sit overnight (or for minimum of 4 hours).

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Also add thyme, garlic, and bay leaf.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Then add peas…

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

…along with broth, Worcestershire, and salt.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Finally add ham pieces…

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

…and give a good mix. Lock lid and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. For slightly al dente peas (which I prefer), cook for 7 minutes instead.

 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup | The Foodie Eats

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Leftover Ham

This soup could not be any easier to make. But you would never know it because the flavor is truly incredible.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 307 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. green split peas soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 8 oz. ham pieces

Instructions

  1. Pour 2 tablespoons of salt into a large bowl. Fill bowl with lukewarm and stir to dissolve salt. Add peas to bowl and let sit overnight (or for minimum of 8 hours). Then rinse peas well.

  2. Add all ingredients to pot and give a good mix.

  3. For slightly al dente peas (which I prefer), lock lid and cook for 7 minutes at high pressure. Otherwise, cook for 10 minutes instead. 

  4. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Serve with rice or as-is.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Leftover Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 671mg 28%
Potassium 898mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 56.4%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 19.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Thanksgiving Recipes | Instant Pot Resources
    October 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    […] Split Pea Soup with Leftover Ham […]

  • Reply
    jujubee
    December 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm


    Turned out perfect! The right consistency! Delicious!

  • Reply
    Kate West
    December 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm


    Very tasty! We are not pea soup fans as a rule, but we had left over ham so we tried this recipe and were very pleasantly surprised. Nice flavor and texture. Good job!

  • Reply
    Sara T
    January 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm


    I was very pleased to see an IP pea soup recipe that calls for soaked peas. I much prefer the less gassy nature of them. Thank you!

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