Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 40 minutes, start to finish.

Long live all the easy Instant Pot recipes! I’m so excited to share this Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe with you today because it’s one of my favorite soups, done in the pressure cooker, and it only takes about 40 minutes to get on the table. It’s full of veggies, is really inexpensive to make, and is hearty and full of flavor. I feel like split pea soup gets a bad rap because of it’s thick texture and green color, but I’m here to tell you that it is awesome! It tastes just like other ham and bean recipes but takes a fraction of the time. Today I’m working with Hurst’s Beans again (love them!) with their split peas. Split peas are one of those hidden gems that not enough folks are using. I love them because they are high in protein and fiber and have all kinds of vitamins and minerals. They are also fun to work with because they break down when cooked, meaning you don’t have to process anything in the blender or food processor to get a smooth soup. The only chunks in this soup are the veggies and a little bit of ham. The split peas just make everything thick and creamy.

Here’s why I’m excited to be working with Hurst’s Beans today. Hurst’s is a 4th generation family-owned company that is based out of Indiana (I was raised in Indiana and consider myself a Hoosier through and through), and they’ve been a brand that has been in my cupboard, my mom’s cupboard, and my grandma’s cupboard for years and years. I grew up loving the 15 Bean Soup Mix, and their products are ones I use and know well. I’m so excited to be working with them today. They grow their beans in the US and Canada (yay!), and the flavor packets really are just seasonings in a convenient little package. They are gluten-free and vegan and have no added MSG. This is a great brand, and I can’t wait for you to bring them into your own kitchen if you haven’t already.

Other recipes that I’ve made using Hurst’s Beans include Slow Cooker Refried BeansInstant Pot Vegetarian Chili, and Instant Pot Slow Cooker Cajun Beans and Rice. All of which I think you should make. 🙂

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 4o minutes start to finish.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Tips and Tricks

  • The soup will thicken a lot as it cools, so serve it hot or thin it out with some broth as needed.
  • I tried this recipe with and without the included seasoning packet and I really liked using the seasoning packet. It adds a great smoky flavor. It’s gluten-free too. If you are sensitive to salt though, try adding only half and adjusting additional salt to your liking.
  • You are free to use the pork/ham product of your choice – using a leftover ham bone works great. I just toss my ham bone in a zipper-topped freezer bag after dinner and keep it in there until I’m ready to make soup.
  • Feel free to leave out the meat if you are looking for a meatless meal, but if you do that, be sure to add the seasoning packet for that smoky flavor. You can make this vegan by using olive oil instead of the butter and omitting the meat. Easy! It’s also gluten-free as long as your meat is.
  • I love this recipe with a side of my forever favorite cornbread. Sweet cornbread and smoky ham and split pea soup is so very good together.
  • You can make this on the stove top by cooking it for about 40 minutes until tender or in the slow cooker on low for about 4 hours.

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 4o minutes start to finish.

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: About 10 cups (around 8 large servings)

Description

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 4o minutes start to finish.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 3-4 carrots, diced
  • 1 bag Hurst’s Hampeas Green Split Peas (20 ounces), rinsed and sorted
  • Seasoning packet that comes with split peas
  • 8 cups broth (chicken or vegetable is best)
  • 2 pounds ham hocks, shanks, or leftover ham bone
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Select browning/saute to preheat the pressure cooker. Add the olive oil or butter and onion, celery, and carrots. Saute until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add split peas to the pot, add the seasoning packet, and the broth. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the ham hocks, shanks, or ham bone to the pot.
  4. Lock the lid in place, make sure the vent is set to seal, and select high pressure and 20 minute cook time.
  5. When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  6. Remove the ham pieces and bones and place them on a plate. Remove any extra meat and discard the non-edible pieces. Return the ham meat to the pot and stir to combine.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Notes

  • The soup will thicken a lot as it cools, so serve it hot or use a bit of broth to thin it out as needed.
  • I tried this recipe with and without the included seasoning packet and I really liked using the seasoning packets. It adds a great smoky flavor. It’s gluten-free, too. If you are sensitive to salt though, try adding only half and adjusting additional salt to your liking.
  • You are free to use the pork/ham product of your choice – using a leftover ham bone works great. I just toss my ham bone in a zipper-topped freezer bag after dinner and keep it there until I’m ready to make soup.
  • You can make this on the stove top by cooking it for about 40 minutes until tender or in the slow cooker on low for about 4 hours.

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 4o minutes start to finish.

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 4o minutes start to finish.

I can’t wait for you to make this Instant Pot Split Pea Soup! It’s great all winter long but don’t forget to file it away for naturally green dinner ideas for St. Patrick’s Day (because whose kids really eat corned beef and cabbage?!) or an easy meal after Easter using your Easter ham bone.

Enjoy from my home to yours.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hurst’s Beans. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bless this Mess possible.

Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 40 minutes, start to finish.
Quick and easy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made with just a few ingredients and done in about 40 minutes, start to finish.
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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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