This is my favorite split pea soup recipe. I love my pressure cooker and use it for meals that I need to cook for the family in a hurry. This is great for a cold winter's night, and it tastes great for lunch the next day. I serve it with French bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour water into a pressure cooker. Add split peas, ham hock, onion, celery, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper. Close cooker securely and place pressure regulator over vent according to manufacturer's instructions. Bring to high pressure; adjust temperature until regulator is gently rocking. Cook, about 30 minutes.

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  • Pour cold water over the pressure cooker to release pressure according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Remove ham hock and strip off meat; add to soup. Stir well to distribute flavors. Season with salt and hot pepper sauce.

Cook's Note:

Used cubed ham or a ham bone instead of the ham hock if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

364 calories; protein 24.8g; carbohydrates 49.9g; fat 8g; cholesterol 22.7mg; sodium 444.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2016
Giving this a 4 only because I made changes. Reason being, I was happy with my old recipe but wanted to try it in my fairly new pressure cooker. FASTEST, EASIEST, TASTIEST soup I've ever made from scratch! Now for my additions. I added two carrot sticks, finely chopped and a bay leaf. Also, instead of onion powder, I used two cloves of garlic, pressed in the garlic press. I have an electric pressure cooker so I simply set it for high pressure for 30 minutes and let it naturally release the pressure. Consistency was perfect! Prep time was about 10 min so whole thing was done in about an hour! SPLIT PEA SOUP IN AN HOUR! Gotta love the pressure cooker and this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2016
I made this in my instapot pressure cooker. It turned out really watery--- I should have used 2 - 3 cups less water than recommended. I was hoping for more of a creamy, dense soup and the end result was a more traditional broth soup. Read More
(12)
64 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2016
Giving this a 4 only because I made changes. Reason being, I was happy with my old recipe but wanted to try it in my fairly new pressure cooker. FASTEST, EASIEST, TASTIEST soup I've ever made from scratch! Now for my additions. I added two carrot sticks, finely chopped and a bay leaf. Also, instead of onion powder, I used two cloves of garlic, pressed in the garlic press. I have an electric pressure cooker so I simply set it for high pressure for 30 minutes and let it naturally release the pressure. Consistency was perfect! Prep time was about 10 min so whole thing was done in about an hour! SPLIT PEA SOUP IN AN HOUR! Gotta love the pressure cooker and this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2016
I made this in my instapot pressure cooker. It turned out really watery--- I should have used 2 - 3 cups less water than recommended. I was hoping for more of a creamy, dense soup and the end result was a more traditional broth soup. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2016
I followed directions but added two carrots chopped. it was super watery so I added a small bag of instant mashed potatoes and it was awesome. add instant potatoes until you get the consistency you want. I used an electric pressure cooker and set it for 30 minutes. after it finished I also added 1/2 pound of diced boars head tavern ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2016
Added some marjoram and cumin. Never never pour water on a hot pressure cooker. They could explode!! Unbelievable! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2018
This is one of my first attempts using my new Instant Pot and it couldn't have been better. As was recommended I reduced the liquid to 6 cups and used chicken broth instead of water. I used a frozen-solid block of leftover ham instead of the hock. Also I added 1/2 cup potato flakes after it was cooked. It made it so creamy and so delicious. This was really easy and definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2017
Made this in my Instantpot and it turned out great! I did 1.5x the recipe which fiilled the pot almost full. I used 12 cups of water and a 900 g bag of split peas. I added way more garlic powder but otherwise followed pretty closely. The soup ended up being very thick delicious and creamy. I actually had to add some chicken broth to thin it out to the "perfect" consistency. You can always thin it out but can't make it thicker. I love the Instant Pot and this will be my new split pea recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2017
I used 7 cups of water instead of 8 because others had said it turned out watery. I used a pound of cubed ham instead of a ham bone. Used my InstantPot instead of a stove top pressure cooker and it turned out great. 30 minutes on high pressure and natural pressure release for about 15 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2020
I used six cups of water, one chicken bouillon, pork shank instead of hock, crushed garlic instead of powder, one carrot diced tiny, and two bay leaves. Onions, celery, and carrot diced small enough that they disappeared. Upon serving, consistency seemed spot on. Super yum! Became a gel or solid upon cooling. so, 7 cups of water or broth next time. This is an easy to make winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
Just burned my mouth! LOL This is a great recipe. I always dislike it when people change the recipe and then rate it. This recipe would be wonderful, just as written. Did I change anything? Always do, because I love fresh garlic over powder, bay leaves, and shredded carrot. Other than that, I'm a Kosher salt lover, I know, BAD.....but the flavor is amazing! Oh, and no hot sauce needed for me. Read More
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