Looking for something healthy, hearty, and delicious? This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham is a soup you’ll love during the fall and winter months.
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Why You’ll Love Split Pea Soup
If you are like me and love a delicious soup to warm you up, then you’re going to love this split pea soup with ham. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:
- It’s nutritious. Rich in fiber, protein, B1, B5, K, folate, iron, magnesium, and zinc, this split pea soup is packed full of nutrition.
- Aids in weight loss. Because this soup is packed with nutrition such as fiber and preotein, it helps aid in weight loss.
- Hearty and delicious. Not only is this soup good for you, but it’s hearty and delicious.
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll need a few more things than just split peas. Get out your shopping list!
- Onion: You will want to get a white onion for this recipe. It’s rich in nutrition and flavor.
- Oil: Choose either vegetable or olive oil to saute your onion.
- Veggies: You’ll be using both carrots and dried split peas for your soup.
- Chicken broth: To get the most health benefits out of this soup, choose a low-sodium broth.
- Ham: Pack your soup with protein by adding diced ham to it.
- Bay leaf: Bay leafs add another level of flavor. Additionally, they are rich in nutritiious vitamins.
Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of exact ingredients!
How to Make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
This is one of those super easy recipes that you’ll wonder why you never made before! Follow the simple steps below for a hearty, healthy, and comforting soup!
Step 1: Saute the Onion
Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode. Once it is hot, add your vegetable oil and onion. Sauté your onions until they are translucent. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add Everything to Your Instant Pot
Turn the saute off. Then, add your carrots, ham, broth, water, split peas, and bay leaf to the inner pot with your onion.
Step 3: Pressure Cook
Press your manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Naturally Release
Once the 20 minutes is complete, allow it to natural release for at least 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are complete, do a manual release by bringing the valve toward you to release all pressure.
Add salt and pepper to your liking, and transfer to your soup bowl and enjoy!
Why Do I Naturally Release the Soup?
When you make soup in your Instant Pot, you add quite a bit of liquid. As that liquid builds up pressure while cooking, releasing that pressure too quickly can result in a mess all over your kitchen. The soup will quite literally spew out of your steam release valve when you try to release the pressure. To avoid this, let the pot naturally release for at least 10-minutes. I recommend just allowing it to completely naturally release and unlock (about 20 minutes).
Do I Need To Soak My Split Peas in Water?
Nope! Soaking them in water actually means you can reduce the cooking time. Well, if you soak your split peas with this recipe, but follow the recipe above, your split peas will be overcooked and not very appetizing.
What Can I Eat With Split Pea Soup?
Not sure what to make with your soup? Here are our best suggestions:
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 medium white onion, diced
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups diced ham
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 lb. dried split peas
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and black pepper
- Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode. Once it is hot, add your vegetable oil and onion. Sauté your onions until they are translucent. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add to the instant pot your carrots, ham, broth, water, split peas, and bay leaf.
- Set your instant pot to high pressure for 20 minutes.
- Once the 20 minutes is complete, allow it to natural release for about 10 minutes.
- Then, do a manual release by bringing the valve toward you to release all pressure.
- Salt and pepper to your liking. Transfer to your soup bowl and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 491mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 17g
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!