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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup {Slow Cooker + Stovetop}

A healthy and easy dinner recipe that warms and satisfies your body! This classic Instant Pot Split Pea Soup can be prepared in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, too.
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot split pea soup, slow cooker split pea soup, split pea soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time (in Instant Pot) 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 cups
Calories 144.7kcal
Author Blair

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. smoked ham hocks (or use 2 cups diced, smoked ham; 8 slices bacon, chopped; or a leftover ham bone)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried green or yellow split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (use 7 cups for a thinner soup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional garnish: cooked, crumbled bacon; chopped fresh parsley; sour cream; croutons

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  • Turn on the “Sauté” function on the pressure cooker. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the pot, and when the oil shimmers add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic (as well as the diced ham or bacon, if using). Sauté just until the onion is translucent (about 5-6 minutes). Turn off the pot.
  • Add the ham hocks (or ham bone, if using), split peas, broth, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, basil and pepper.
  • Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select “Manual” and set the pot at “High” pressure for 15 minutes. It may take the pot up to 15 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking.
  • At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  • Stir well to combine. Remove the bay leaf (and ham bone or ham hocks, if using). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • The soup will thicken as it cools, so thin with extra broth or water, if necessary.

SLOW COOKER METHOD:

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for about 8 hours or on HIGH for about 4 hours (or until peas reach desired tenderness).
  • Remove the bay leaf (and ham bone or ham hocks, if using). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • The soup will thicken as it cools, so thin with extra broth or water, if necessary.

STOVETOP METHOD:

  • In a large soup pot, sauté onion, carrots, celery, garlic (and diced ham or bacon, if using) in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat, just until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in ham hocks (or ham bone, if using), split peas, broth, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for about 1 hour (or until peas and vegetables are tender).
  • Remove the bay leaf (and ham bone or ham hocks, if using). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • The soup will thicken as it cools, so thin with extra broth or water, if necessary.

Notes

Nutrition information provided below is just an estimate. The amount of soup that you prepare will vary depending on whether or not you're adding diced ham or bacon. The nutrition facts do not include any added ham or bacon, and they do not include any optional toppings.
  • Leftover soup will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Can I freeze Instant Pot Split Pea Soup? Yes! This is the perfect freezer-friendly meal! Just allow the soup to cool to room temperature, package in airtight containers, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • This recipe calls for 1 lb. of dried split peas, which is equal to about 2.25 cups of dry split peas.
  • To make this Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with potatoes, add about 1 cup of unpeeled, diced red boiling potatoes to the Instant Pot at the same time that you add the split peas.
  • For an Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe that's vegetarian and vegan, omit the ham, bacon, ham hocks or ham bone and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. If you want that smoky flavor, try adding a good dash of liquid smoke to the pot.
  • How do you make the soup thicker? For a thicker soup, use just 5 cups of broth. For a thinner soup, you can increase the broth to 7 cups.
  • How to season split pea soup: This recipe calls for a small amount of thyme, oregano, basil, pepper and bay leaf. These flavors are subtle, so feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning in your soup, omit some of the seasonings if you don't care for them, or add different herbs of your choice. I also haven't included any specified amount of salt in the recipe, because it's important to taste your soup and adjust accordingly. The salt needed in each pot of soup will vary greatly depending on whether you're using ham hocks, bacon, diced ham, or just vegetables!
  • For a smoother texture, use a handheld stick blender or a regular blender to puree some of the soup at the end of cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 144.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 13.6g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 395.7mg | Potassium: 140.6mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 3g