Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
My version of Instant Pot Split Pea Soup has ham and sweet potatoes, and this tasty soup can be ready in about 45 minutes! Split pea soup is a great comfort food meal and sweet potatoes increase the comfort factor, but see suggestions if you want a lower-carb version of this soup.
There are already a few versions of soup with green or yellow split peas on the blog, so I guess it’s obvious that I’m a big fan of split pea soup. And of course when I got my new Instant Pot, split pea was one of the soup recipes I really wanted to try. I also wanted to come up with a split pea soup recipe that was a different take on this classic, which is why I added ham and sweet potatoes to my Instant Pot Split Pea Soup! And this soup was definitely a winner even though split pea soup won’t ever win any beauty contests!
I cooked the soup for 15 minutes on high pressure because I wanted the split peas completely dissolved into the soup and liked that the sweet potatoes were breaking apart a bit at that point. This was really about as easy as it gets for a pressure cooker soup. Chopping up the sweet potatoes, onions, and ham takes about 5 minutes, and then the Instant Pot magically turns everything into a delicious tummy-warming soup!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- olive oil
- large sweet potato
- green split peas
- bay leaves
- dried thyme
- chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
- Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link); optional but recommended
How can you make this soup lower in carbs?
For a tasty Instant Pot Split Pea Soup that will be a lot lower in carbs, skip the sweet potato and chop up two red bell peppers to add to the soup. You can also use a bit less green split peas and a bit more ham, which will reduce the carbs even more.
What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?
I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for all my Instant Pot Recipes.
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Don’t want to use the Instant Pot?
If you’re not a pressure cooker fan, you can use the instructions from Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Sausage to make this soup! Or check out Split Pea Soup with Ham, Peppers, and Epazote for a split pea soup made on the stove.
Preparing to cook Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes:
(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
- Peel a large sweet potato and dice into cubes about 3/4 inch square.
- Measure out the split peas.
- Chop onions and get bay leaves and dried thyme ready,
- Chop ham into pieces the same size as the sweet potatoes.
- Put all the ingredients into the instant pot or pressure cooker with the chicken broth and water. (If you have Homemade Ham Stock I would definitely use some of that for this recipe!)
Cooking the Instant Pot Split Pea Soup:
- Set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE pressure for 15 minutes/
- Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes; then release the rest of the pressure.
- Stir to combine the dissolved peas with the other ingredients.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve hot.
- Split pea soup is not the most photogenic dish in the world, but I promise this was lick-the-bowl good!
More Soup in the Instant Pot:
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup with Mushrooms
Instant Pot Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes
Instant Pot Low-Carb Chicken Tomatillo Soup
Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 1 T olive oil (see notes, DO NOT SKIP)
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into pieces about 3/4 inch square (see notes)
- 1 lb. green split peas (see notes)
- 1 lb. diced ham (cut into pieces about the same size as the sweet potatoes)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 large bay leaves
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 4 cups chicken broth or homemade chicken stock (see notes)
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons or packets Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (see notes)
- Peel the sweet potato with a vegetable peeler, then cut into thick 3/4 inch slices and cut the slices into cubes that are about 3/4 inch square. (A little bigger or smaller won’t matter.)
- Chop the ham into pieces about the same size as the sweet potatoes, and chop the onion into small pieces.
- Add the olive oil, sweet potatoes, ham, onion, split peas, bay leaves, dried thyme, chicken broth or stock, water, and ham flavor base (if using) to the Instant Pot.
- Use the MANUAL setting and select HIGH pressure and 15 minutes cook time.
- When the 15 minutes is up, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes, then release manually.
- Remove the lid and stir the soup the combine all the dissolved split peas with the liquid.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. (Taste before adding salt because you may not need any with the ham.) Serve hot.
- This soup freezes well and can be reheated in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
Do not skip the oil; this keeps the split peas from causing too much foam in the Instant Pot.
I would love this soup with homemade chicken stock, but you can use canned chicken broth if that's what you have.
Recipe created by Kalyn and inspired by a life-long love of split pea soup and a new Instant Pot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 1.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4.1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 1371mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7.9gSugar: 7.4gProtein: 25g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup uses low-glycemic split peas and sweet potatoes, and would be suitable for Phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. For a low-carb diet plan, check the net carbs; it may be lower in carbs than you think. And you can make this into a lower-carb soup by replacing sweet potatoes with diced red bell pepper, or by using less sweet potatoes and more ham.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2016 when Kalyn had a brand new Instant Pot! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2021.