Instant Pot split pea soup is perfect for a winter weeknight dinner. It’s nutritious and comforting, plus in the Instant Pot only takes about 30 minutes to make.
Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword instant pot split pea soup
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
natural pressure release 15minutes
1lbsdried split peas, soaked to use unsoaked peas add 10 minutes high-pressure cooking time
6cupflavorful chicken bone broth
1Tbspfresh thyme leaves
Soak split peas at least 2 hours, better overnight (up to 12 hours). Drain and rinse.
Peel and finely chop onion and garlic.
Peel and dice carrots, wash and dice celery.
Preheat your Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button.
Once hot, add a little oil or butter or a combination of both and add onion and garlic. Stir fry until translucent.
Add diced vegetables and stir-fry until bright (about 3-4 minutes).
Add broth, herbs, ham, and peas.
Put on the lid and flip the valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes on high pressure.
After the 15-minute pressure cooking time is over, let the pressure release naturally (at least 15 minutes). Do not turn the sealing valve manually for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it's safe to turn the sealing valve and let remaining pressure out but full natural pressure release is always better.
Once pressure released naturally and the safety pin dropped, open the pot, fish out the bay leaves and give the soup a try. Season with sea salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy!