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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. 

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes finished soup in bowl

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
  • ham
  • onion
  • bay leaves
  • dried thyme
  • chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
  • water
  • 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.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with ham and sweet potatoes process shots of preparing the soup

Preparing to cook 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. Measure out the split peas.
  3. Chop onions and get bay leaves and dried thyme ready,
  4. Chop ham into pieces the same size as the sweet potatoes. 
  5. 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!)

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with ham and sweet potatoes process shots of cooking the soup

Cooking the Instant Pot Split Pea Soup:

  1. Set Instant Pot to MANUAL,  HIGH PRESSURE pressure for 15 minutes/
  2. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes; then release the rest of the pressure.
  3. Stir to combine the dissolved peas with the other ingredients.
  4. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve hot.
  5. 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 square thumbnail image of soup in serving bowl

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!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes finished soup in bowl

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

My Instant Pot Split Pea Soup has ham and sweet potatoes, and this can be on the table in less than a hour! You'll love the pop of sweet potato flavor in this tasty soup!

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
  • 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)

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 broth or stock, water, and ham flavor base (if using) to the Instant Pot.
  4. Use the MANUAL setting and select HIGH pressure and 15 minutes cook time.
  5. When the 15 minutes is up, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes, then release manually.
  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 would love this soup with homemade chicken stock, but 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!)

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: 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.

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!

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.

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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.

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    20 Comments on “Instant Pot Split Pea Soup”

  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!