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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes can be ready in about 30 minutes, and split pea soup is great comfort food meal. 

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes found on KalynsKitchen.com

There’s already a stovetop split pea soup and a slow cooker split pea soup on the blog, so I guess it’s obvious that I’m a big fan of split pea soup.  So 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 a change from other split pea soups I’d made, and this Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes was definitely a winner!

If you’re looking for a low-carb soup in the Instant Pot, then this is not the soup for you; visit that link instead. If you wanted to make this soup lower in carbs, use more ham and replace sweet potatoes with a low-carb ingredient like red bell pepper or celery.

I cooked the soup for 15 minutes on high pressure because I wanted the split peas completely dissolved and liked that the sweet potatoes were breaking apart a bit into the soup. 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!

And this is another great recipe to add to my growing collection of Pressure Cooker Recipes on the blog! If you’re not a pressure cooker fan, you can use the instructions from Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Carrots to make this soup!

What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot for all my Instant Pot Recipes but of course you can use another Electric Pressure Cooker or a stovetop pressure cooker if that’s what you have. (affiliate links)

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes process shots collage

How to Make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes:

(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Peel a large sweet potato and dice into cubes about 3/4 inch square.
  2. Chop onions and get bay leaves and dried thyme ready,
  3. Chop ham into pieces the same size as the sweet potatoes. 
  4. Put all the ingredients into the instant pot or pressure cooker with the chicken stock and water. (Or if you have Homemade Ham Stock I would definitely use that for this recipe!)
  5. Cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes; then release the rest of the pressure.
  6. Stir to combine the dissolved peas with the other ingredients, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve hot.
  7. Split pea soup is not the most photogenic dish in the world, but I promise this was lick-the-bowl good!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes found on KalynsKitchen.com

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More Soup in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker:

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Pressure Cooker Low-Carb Chicken “Noodle” Soup ~ Healthful Pursuit
Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes can be on the table in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2-3 large bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock (see notes)
  • 2 cups water
  • (If you want a stronger ham flavor, you can add 1 or 2 teaspoons or packets ham flavor base. (See notes)

Instructions

  1. 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.)
  2. Chop the ham into pieces about the same size as the sweet potatoes, and chop the onion into small pieces.
  3. Add the olive oil, sweet potatoes, ham, onion, split peas, bay leaves, dried thyme, chicken stock, water, and ham flavor base (if using) to the Instant Pot.
  4. Use the manual setting and select HIGH pressure and 15 minutes cooker time.
  5. When the 15 minutes is up, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes, then release manually (or you can use natural release for the whole time, which will make the sweet potatoes a bit softer.)
  6. Remove the lid and stir the soup the combine all the dissolved split peas with the liquid.
  7. 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.
  8. This soup freezes well and can be reheated in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.

Notes

Do not skip the oil; this keeps the split peas from causing too much foam in the Instant Pot. I used about 2 cups diced sweet potatoes. One pound equals 2 cups split peas. You can use canned chicken broth if that's what you have. I always use some ham flavor base (affiliate link) when I'm making this type of soup, and I love Goya brand. (Or if you have Homemade Ham Stock I would definitely use that for this recipe!)

I made this recipe in the Instant Pot, but you can definitely make it in a Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker or a stovetop pressure cooker if that’s what you have. (affiliate links) If you want to make this split pea soup in the slow cooker or on the stove, just follow the instructions in one of those earlier split pea soup recipes with these ingredients. You might need to add a bit more liquid for stove-top cooking.

Recipe created by Kalyn and inspired by a life-long love of split pea soup and a new Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 738mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 21g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes uses low-glycemic split peas and sweet potatoes, and would be suitable for Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. It might not be low enough in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet plan, but you can make this into a lower-carb soup by using less sweet potatoes and more ham, or by replacing sweet potatoes with a low-carb ingredient like celery or red bell pepper.

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    20 Comments on “Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Such a great flavor combination. I make a 1 pot meal every Sunday for my workday lunches. When I saw the addition of sweet potatoe to split pea, I got excited! Of course, with all discoveries, there often becomes a roadblock that must be navigated… my roadblock was having no sweet potatoe on hand, but 2 small bags of frozen butternut squash cubes. So, why not! I combine the sweet potatoes and butternut squash quite often. I substitute the squash, and bypassed the ham, used vegetable stock, because I try to keep my weekday lunches vegeterian, and low in WW (weight watchers ) purple plan points. 15 LONG minutes lol, and I cracked open the pot and was elated with the end result! Thank you for creating a great base recipe. This will be a go to meal for me!

  2. 23 large bay leaves? Was that meant to be 2-3 perhaps?

  3. Years ago I made split pea soup. What a failure! My children and husband never let me live it down. But with this recipe, I’ve been redeemed! Hallelujah!

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. This looks like the best split pea recipe I’ve read. Could russets or yukons be used? 

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  6. This was only my second time using my Instant Pot since I just got it for Christmas.  This was a delicious success!  The directions were easy to follow and it came out perfect.  I used the sweet potato and also added in a chopped carrot.  When I first opened the pot after cooling down naturally it looked very watery but once I stirred it it all blended together beautifully.  Thank you for a great recipe!

  7. This was perfect! Thank you

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  11. My instant pot manual said you should not cook split peas in the instant pot as it can clog a valve – just wondering about your thoughts on that.

    • I think the possibility of clogging is from the foam you get when things like beans and legumes are cooked under pressure. If you don't add some oil that foam can clog the pressure cooker, that's why I added a tablespoon of olive oil, it keeps down the foam. But as you can see it worked perfectly for me and if you google it you'll find many other split pea soup recipes made in the Instant Pot.

      Possibly the manual is referring to a whole pot full of split peas; that might cause too much foam.

  12. Used the split pea soup recipe as a guide. Used cubed butternut squash instead of sweet potato and added a little smoked paprika and garlic. Also used vegetabke stock instead of chicken. Added about 1/2 cup diced carrots. It was awesome!