This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is suitable for any meal, both at home or in your lunchbox at the office and it is ready in less than 30 minutes, thanks to your pressure cooker, that will speed up the process.
Who said simple things cannot be exquisite like restaurant dishes? This is a great entree soup for Christmas and any special dinner :]
Do I Need to Soak the Split Peas Overnight?
Yes—this Instant Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe requires that the split peas are soaked overnight, or for at least 6 hours prior to cooking. Pre-soaking significantly reduces the cooking time.
If you forget to soak the split peas overnight, don’t fret! This recipe should still work. Just increase the cooking time to 30 minutes and add a little extra broth to account for the extra liquid they might absorb.
What Kind of Ham Should I Use?
For this recipe, opt for a thick ham steak rather than deli ham. You can also order a slab of ham at the deli counter.
Can I Use Dried Thyme Instead of Fresh?
I prefer fresh thyme here, but you can use dried thyme if that’s what you have. Use 2 teaspoons.
Can I Use Regular Paprika?
Yes, you could, but it has a different flavor. Regular paprika is milder and sweeter than smoked paprika, which is made from smoked peppers and therefore has a nice smoky flavor that compliments the taste of the ham in this soup.
Why Low-Sodium Chicken Broth?
Don’t need absolutely need to use low sodium broth, but the soup will likely turn out too salty for your taste if you use regular store-bought chicken broth that is not low sodium.
Try using Instant Pot Bone Broth in this recipe!
We chose chicken broth here to best compliment the flavors of the ham. Beef broth would be too dark of a color and too overpowering. Normally recipes call for broth made of the same meat that is used in the recipe, but ham broth is hard to come by.
Can You Substitute Olive Oil?
You can substitute the olive oil with vegetable oil or any other neutral cooking oil. I like to use 2 tablespoons bacon fat instead of olive oil. It adds a little extra smoky pork flavor that I just love in this split pea and ham soup recipe!
- 1 lb split peas (already soaked overnight)
- 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups ham diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 onion diced
- 4 bunch fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- Pour olive oil into your Instant Pot and add carrots, onion, celery, thyme and bay leaves.
- Press “Sauté” and cook for about 2 minutes (until onion starts to turn golden).
- Add ham and cook for another minute, until it browns a bit.
- Add chicken broth and peas, salt and pepper.
- Cook at high pressure for about 20 minutes.
- Once done, wait for a natural pressure release.
- Sprinkle with smoked paprika and serve 🙂