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 45 minutes, and split pea soup is a great comfort food meal.
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 Sausage to make this soup! And if you’re a big fan of savory dishes with sweet potatoes, check out Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes to see my personal faves.
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How to Make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham and Sweet Potatoes:
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- Peel a large sweet potato and dice into cubes about 3/4 inch square.
- 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 stock and water. (Or if you have Homemade Ham Stock I would definitely use that for this recipe!)
- Cook on HIGH 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!
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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!
- 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)
- 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 stock, water, and ham flavor base (if using) to the Instant Pot.
- Use the manual setting and select HIGH pressure and 15 minutes cooker time.
- 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.)
- 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 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.
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.
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 original 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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