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Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

A warm cozy bowl of Split Pea soup with ham is just what your family needs for a quick lunch or dinner. When we all want to be outside playing in the leaves you want a quick Instant Pot meal that the family will love. Hearty and comforting make it any time you have leftover ham.  Made with dried split peas and fresh vegetables you can make the soup without the ham for a vegetarian dish.

Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

Fall is a beautiful time of the year when we all want to play outside and the old fashioned recipes are perfect for lunch and dinner. The Instant Pot infuses the flavors which makes a delicious soup even more flavorful.  Split pea soup was a common recipe in the colony days starting with a lot of our older recipes in the New England areas.  The recipe was found in ancient times in Italy and Greece. When you look at all the countries that have a form of pea soup, you know it much be a favorite as generations have passed down their own different recipes.

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Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

What are Split Peas?

Split peas are fresh peas that are dried and then split. They are hard like an un-soaked bean. Normally making a soup with split peas will take hours of soaking and then cooking on the stove. Making any of your soups with split peas in the Instant Pot makes for a fast and flavorful meal. Peas are high in protein and low in fat. Split peas are a good source of fiber.

Ham for Split Pea Soup

Traditionally split pea soup with ham is made in a large pot on the stove, cooking for hours to soften the peas and to get that rich ham flavor. You can use the flavoring package that comes with the split peas or you can leave this out for a milder flavor. Traditionally split peal soup was made after the holidays when you have a lot of ham left over. Or you have a ham bone from a Sunday dinner.

However, you can make this soup without any meat at all to have just a vegetarian split pea soup.

Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham, bread on a gray plate

How to Make Split Pea Soup with Ham

The first step when making split pea soup is to wash your split peas. Open your package, remove the flavor package and rinse in a colander under cold water.  Take a look and make sure there are not any small stones in the package.

While the peas are draining I would suggest chopping all of your vegetables before you do anything else.  I use my Vidalia Vegetable Chopper to make all the vegetables the size of a uniform bit.  But you can just chop everything by hand in any size you like.

After all the ingredients are chopped put everything in the Instant Pot, set the lid, and high pressure for 10 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.

Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

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Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham

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  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes high pressure
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot


Warm, hearty, healthy, comfort soup. Old washed Split Pea Soup Recipe made for the modern mom in the Instant Pot. A simple soup recipe that all you do is dump in the ingredients and set the time.


  • 1 package of split peas with he ham flavor seasoning packet
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stocks of celery, washed and diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup of regular fresh parsley chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar
  • 17oz ham steak, or any left over ham.
  • 8 cups of water


  1. Put the inner pot in the Instant Pot.
  2. Rich the split peas after removing the seasoning packet.
  3. Add the split peas and the contents of the seasoning packet to the inner pot.
  4. With the Vidalia Chopper.  Chop the carrots, celery, and the onion into uniform bite size pieces and add to the inner pot.
  5. Add the garlic, parsley, vinegar, ham and salt and pepper.
  6. Add the water and stir
  7. Set the lid, set the top to seal.
  8. Set the Instant Pot to High pressure for 10 minutes.
  9. Allow for a 10 minutes natural release.
  10. Serve with cracker or a hearty bread.

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