This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup can be made the traditional way with a leftover ham bone, or made vegan for all to enjoy! It’s a great way to use up holiday leftovers.
Ingredients in Instant Pot split pea soup
There are two different kinds of split peas: green and yellow. They have nearly identical nutritional values and your cooking time will not change depending on what variety you choose. Yellow split peas are mild and earthy while green split peas are sweet and less starchy. Either will work great in this recipe.
Other things you will need besides pantry items are:
- Turkey, chicken or ham bone (this is optional and just serves to make a rich broth)
How to make Instant Pot split pea soup
This winter staple that could take all day to simmer becomes a quick 30 minute meal when you use your Instant Pot! Here’s how to make it:
- Put all the ingredients in the pot.
- Set the Instant Pot to cook for five minutes.
- Prepare any garnishes while the soup cooks.
- Do a quick release of the pressure to stop the cooking process immediately.
- Remove the bone and bay leaves.
- Use an immersion blender to blend about half of the soup and leave the rest chunky. You can use an immersion blender right in the Instant Pot.
Making Instant Pot split pea soup vegan
With just a few quick substitutions, this soup can be made vegan.
Completely omit the bone. Also choose vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
Your garnishes will also be different. Or you could leave all the garnishes on the side so carnivores can add meat and vegans can opt for other seasonings.
It’s easy to customize this soup by substituting some of the ingredients.
- Some people love potatoes in this soup so feel free to add them if they are part of your diet.
- If you choose a meaty ham bone, you can remove the meat from the bone and add it to the soup after you blend it.
- Other common spices in split pea soup are marjoram, parsley and oregano.
What type of bone to use
If you have leftover bones from a holiday meal, put them to good use in this Instant Pot split pea soup. You will also find soup bones for sale at the butcher counter. These are the bones that are removed while preparing other cuts of meat for sale. If you aren’t buying a huge piece of meat, this is a great way to pick up some bones.
Large bones store lots of nutrients and minerals that will end up in your broth as you cook it. Small meaty bones adds amazing depth of flavor to your soup. Knuckle and neck bone have lots of collagen to give the broth body. Using a variety of bones in your soup makes for the best broth.
You can use the bone from any type of meat. The broth will pick up the flavor of the meat.
Making the soup creamy
You can make this Instant Pot split pea soup as creamy or chunky as you like. For soup with large visible pieces of vegetables, don’t blend it at all.
I like to blend some of the soup, but still leave some chunks. I achieve this by just using the immersion blender a little.
If you would like your soup to be completely creamy, an immersion blender is the best way to prepare it. Run it right in the pot until it is the consistency you prefer.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender, but you will have to blend the soup in parts. Not all of it will fit in the blender. Plus, with hot liquid, you can’t fill the blender more than half way. The pressure could cause the lid to pop off.
What to serve with split pea soup
Meat is a natural garnish for this soup since it is infused with the flavor from cooking it with the bones.
However, if you are making it vegan or would like a variety of toppings for everyone at the table, try some of these side dishes for split pea soup:
- Naan bread
- Side salad
- Crusty bread
- Roasted broccoli
Storing and reheating
Split pea soup will last in the refrigerator for 5 days.
This means that this recipe is also perfect for meal prep. In just 30 minutes, you can have a full dinner or several lunches prepared.
To reheat a single bowl, warm in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. If you prepared the soup ahead of time for a large meal, you can reheat it on the stove top until it is warm.
Freezing Instant Pot split pea soup
This is a great soup to freeze.
Remove the bone and allow it to cool completely.
Store it in freezer-safe containers for up to three months. You can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or warm the frozen soup on the stove. You can also reheat individual portions from frozen in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, stirring halfway through.
More Instant Pot soup recipes
Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning this soup into leftovers
- Freeze this recipe in glass microwave-safe bowlsup to 3 months
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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 leftover turkey, chicken or ham bone (optional)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
- 2 cups green or yellow split peas
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- sauteed ham or bacon
- Add all ingredients to Instant Pot in the order in which they are listed except for garnishes, using vegetable broth and leaving out the ham bone if making the soup vegan.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal. Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 5 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook for 5 minutes.
- While soup is cooking in the Instant Pot, cook and prepare ham/bacon and chop scallions if using as toppings.
- Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Remove ham bone if you addded it, and bay leaves. Blend about half the soup with an immersion blender, leaving the other half chunky. Garnish with toppings of choice, then serve and enjoy!