Split Pea Soup
By :Instant Pot Recipe Collection Cookbook
Votes: 53
Rating: 4.89
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Course Soup
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bacon, Split Peas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
4-6 servings
  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 32 ounces chicken broth 1 container
  • 2 cups Water
  • 16 ounces dried split peas (1 package) rinsed and sorted
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
Course Soup
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bacon, Split Peas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
4-6 servings
  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 32 ounces chicken broth 1 container
  • 2 cups Water
  • 16 ounces dried split peas (1 package) rinsed and sorted
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
Votes: 53
Rating: 4.89
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  1. Press Sauté; cook and stir bacon in Instant Pot® until crisp. Remove to paper towel-lined plate. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. Add onion, carrots and celery to pot; cook and stir 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add garlic and thyme; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in broth and water, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot. Add split peas, half of bacon, salt, pepper and bay leaf; mix well.
  3. Secure lid and move pressure release valve to Sealing position. PressManual or Pressure Cook; cook at high pressure 8 minutes.
  4. When cooking is complete, use natural release for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure. Stir soup; remove and discard bay leaf. Garnish with remaining bacon.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: The soup may seem thin immediately after cooking, but it will thicken upon standing. If prepared in advance and refrigerated, thin the soup with water when reheating until it reaches the desired consistency.



60 replies
  1. Lisa Hickenbottom
    Lisa Hickenbottom says:

    I made this in the 3 qt mini duo without adding bacon. Instead, I just starting by sautéing the veggies in a tablespoon of olive oil. The total volume was slightly over the max line so next time I will probably just add less water (although it didn’t seem to be a problem).

  2. Lynnellen
    Lynnellen says:

    Good recipe. Thick and creamy yummy on a cold fall day. Made exactly as instructed except use ham bone. Timing is right. Will make again.

  3. Flakeyone
    Flakeyone says:

    I double the recipe and made a complete pot full. Substituted pre-cooked ham steak slices cubed for the bacon. Everything else followed per recipe. It was delicious and I shared two bowls with the neighbor. Will make again when winter gets here

  4. ekirchubel
    ekirchubel says:

    So easy to make. We added leftover cooked ham too. We decided that we will most probably only add one cup of water next time to make it even more thicker and maybe a slightly longer cook time for the peas as they still had a bit of harder texture but tasted great!

  5. Ivaro
    Ivaro says:

    Excellent, easy to make, consistent results every time, even when doubling the amount. Add a dash of curry powder for extra zing.

  6. Angela
    Angela says:

    Hello, Angela here. I was given my brand new instant pot duo 7 in 1 for Christmas this year and I’m using it tonight for the very first time, trying my hand at my very favorite soup, Split Pea with Bacon. It was a very fast recipe and then I added milk to it to become creamy. It tastes so delicious! This whole time today while preparing to go to the store and to make this meal, I will admit that I was very scared. I was scared only because of the stories I had heard over the years of pressure cookers exploding. But tonight, my worries are eased just a little and I’m sure will ease up even more as I use the IP.

  7. Browneyedgirl74
    Browneyedgirl74 says:

    Loved this recipe! I did cook foe a bit longer (about 15 mins longer). Shared with a friend too

  8. Jakewizard27
    Jakewizard27 says:

    “Best pea soup ive ever had” -the wife .. we doubled the recipe.. sauted the vegies for 10 minutes.. replaced bacon with cooked cubed ham and pressure cooked for 25 minutes followed by 10 minutes of cool down then release.. this produced some of the best tasting and textured split pea soup we have cooked together.

  9. Mercy165
    Mercy165 says:

    So fast and easy, seasonings were right on. I used ham instead of bacon but did saute veg with a little bacon grease. Add crusty bread for a quick winter dinner.

  10. Tpayseno
    Tpayseno says:

    Was good flavor – instrad kf bacon, i had some hame ther i chopped up and added instead. Because it was already cooked ham and small pieces, i didnt need to chsnge the cooking time. Great and quick meal!

  11. Amynutrition79
    Amynutrition79 says:

    Turned out great! I soaked the split peas for 7 hours. I dont think the recipe says to do that. Don’t need the added salt and i used low sodium broth.

  12. Tpayseno
    Tpayseno says:

    Wonderful flavor, quick and easy meal – was wven able to prepare before going to work and keep it warm all day! Yum!

  13. shaq9802
    shaq9802 says:

    Delicious! I chose to use cubed ham, instead of bacon. I also cooked it on high pressure, for 25 minutes, with 10 minutes of NPR.

  14. Bubba Bo Bob
    Bubba Bo Bob says:

    Very good! I didn’t have bacon, so I substituted crimini mushrooms, but it turned out great.

  15. Jakkel
    Jakkel says:

    Tasty and simple recipe! Can be doubled if you have guests. I like to serve with a slice of toasted sourdough and some grated Gruyere cheese too.

  16. Paula Graham
    Paula Graham says:

    Was very easy, I added some of the baked left over ham but ultimately kept to the recipie. Will make this again

  17. Jmbrightman
    Jmbrightman says:

    I sauteed the vegetables in oil, used two quarts chicken broth, cubed a ham steak, and added four smoked ham hocks. Fifteen minutes on high pressure, then 10 min natural relwase, then quick release. Best ever!

  18. golfstudly15@aol.com
    golfstudly15@aol.com says:

    We enjoyed this very much .I added ham and cooked three pieces of bacon instead of eight.
    Wonderful on a cold snowy evening.

  19. EllyBelly
    EllyBelly says:

    This was delicious!! Hubby said that split pea soup wasn’t high on his list, that is, until he tasted it. After two large bowls, he asked when I was going to make it again!! The only thing I did differently was add cubed ham. Yummy!! Will definitely keep this recipe to make it again! Thank you!

  20. GoGirl
    GoGirl says:

    I also used ham instead of bacon. My husband loved this soup. It was very easy and tasty. Thank you.

  21. JoniVic
    JoniVic says:

    Delicious and easy – I used ham instead of bacon and had some ham base that I added to the water. I had room in the instant pot so would probably do 1 1/2 times the recipe as it also freezes well. Great recipe!

  22. Pls779
    Pls779 says:

    I have not made the soup yet, i had a question first. Do i need to soak the split peas first? Or can i use them dry? Thank you- look forward to making this with our weather getting colder!

  23. Evg
    Evg says:

    Delicious. I love split pea soup but it’s not always easy to find a good one. This hits the mark on taste, consistency and ease. Wow! Thank you.

  24. webwendyb
    webwendyb says:

    I agree with so many of the other reviewers. This soup was wonderful and will be my go-to recipe for split pea soup!

  25. Sgcornerstone
    Sgcornerstone says:

    Really really great flavor and consistency. Perfect when the temperature drops below 50. Skipped the bacon and added thuringer sausage. Came out great.

  26. nancywyant7
    nancywyant7 says:

    Delicious soup and so easy! My first time using the instant pot. I would definitely use this recipe again!

  27. pmstovall
    pmstovall says:

    This was our second dish on the instant pot. Easy – fun – delicious – mow one of our favorites. Amen

  28. Raven34
    Raven34 says:

    First recipe I made with my Instant Pot. It was absolutely delicious. Will definitely be making it again. Will double the recipe next time though, there were no leftovers.

  29. VeronikaG
    VeronikaG says:

    Easy and quick, 5/5 would make again. I used turkey sausage instead of bacon, but it still turned out delicious!

  30. Mitch M.
    Mitch M. says:

    Made this with leftover ham from Christmas. The rest of the ingredients were per the directions. Turned out great!

  31. Tncorley
    Tncorley says:

    Very good soup. I found the thyme to be a little overpowering and will reduce the amount next time I make it.

  32. rd92
    rd92 says:

    Like other reviewers I used ham (honey-baked I had in the fridge), but no other changes — it was delicious!!

  33. TKLSR
    TKLSR says:

    I made this for tonight’s dinner. I usually double the recipe to take some to my elderly relatives. I’m glad I made extra portions!

  34. Rochelle Williams
    Rochelle Williams says:

    This was very good! I did make a couple of changes based on my own preferences: I added some potatoes, an extra clove of garlic, ground white pepper instead of black and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning instead of salt. I also used bacon ends, added a table spoon of bacon grease, and didn’t bother to remove the bacon before adding the veggies. I got sidetracked and the soup wound up being in the pot twenty minutes after the cooking time. It came out creamy and delicious!

  35. Ritagsher
    Ritagsher says:

    Substituted: 32 oz chicken broth with vegetable broth
    water blended with left over chicken broth.
    Instead of bacon, leftover ham was used.
    This is delicious!

  36. Christwice
    Christwice says:

    Very delicious. I used yellow split peas. Scallions instead of onion. No bacon. Used olive oil for sauteing the carrots, celery, garlic and scallions. Added 2 peeled, cubed potatoes. Added a tiny bit of jade. Used left over beef and vegetable broth. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this soup. Thank you!

  37. Jan
    Jan says:

    April, 2021. I love this recipe. Made it, today for the first time, with the following changes based on the posts of those who have made it:
    Olive oil instead of bacon grease
    3 cloves garlic
    1/4 teaspoon hot curry powder
    Substitute the 2 cups of water with- 1 & 3/4 c water + 1/4 cup dry sherry.
    Serve with cooked bacon to individual servings according to taste and dietary preference .

  38. RK Viola
    RK Viola says:

    Couldn’t believe how easy this was and how good it tasted! I was out of chicken stock so I used vegetable stock with a chicken bouillon cube. Pre-soaked the peas for an hour in warm water ahead but probably didnt need to. However, for my 2 cups of water, I used the pea water which was a nice thickener. It came out perfect! Leftover diced ham thrown in after was a great addition but the bacon alone was just fine. Definitely recommend! Better than 3 hours over the stove with a ham shank when you have a busy workday!

  39. Lee
    Lee says:

    Amazing. My husband, with the appetite of a 7 year old (“I won’t eat it because I don’t like the color!”) was so crazy about it, he brought it to work.

    I followed the recipe for the most part, but included chunks from ham leftovers and an actual ham bone. Yes, it fit in my 6 qt. pot and didn’t make it overflow or explode, lol.

    I removed all extraneous items (ham bone, fat, bay leaf), used an immersion blender to make it silky-smooth, then served it with a dollop of sour cream, a bit of crunchy bacon crumbles, and some red pepper flakes.

    Just lovely. ♡

  40. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I will join all the others who liked this recipe. I seldom find a recipe where the final result has depth. Aside from using a little less salt, (1/4tsp), I followed the recipe as written and was very pleased with the depth/layers of flavor in this soup. This one is now printed and filed in the “make again” binder.

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