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Cooking split peas under pressure makes them nearly instantly creamy. This recipe is very close to a classic split pea soup, but I have the option of cooking with or without a meaty ham bone. If you just have ham, it will be just as great with the combination of celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, and split peas. Get ready for a thick and flavorful broth!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®), and select Saute function. Add butter and olive oil; heat until butter is melted. Add carrots, celery, and onion; cook until onion is nearly translucent, about 3 minutes. Add ham and cook for 1 minute.

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  • Add potato; cook and stir to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pot, for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 3 cups chicken broth, split peas, and bay leaves. Turn Saute function off.

  • Close and lock the lid and seal the valve. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 12 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, 2 to 3 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Unlock and remove the lid. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper as desired. If soup is too thick, select Saute function and add remaining 1 cup chicken broth. Stir until heated through and desired consistency, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately with Cheddar cheese sprinkled over top.

Cook's Note:

You can use a ham bone or smoked ham hock instead of diced ham. If doing this, add the ham bone when you add the chicken broth, split peas, and bay leaves. After releasing pressure, remove the ham bone, pull all the meat off of it, and return it to the pot.

Nutrition Facts

526 calories; protein 29.1g; carbohydrates 50.1g; fat 23.7g; cholesterol 56.7mg; sodium 2052mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2020
Very easy. Added celery as a garnish at the end (wife hates celery, so didn't add during cooking). That added some texture variety. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2020
This is a very good basic recipe. Seasonings are excellent, too. I did a second version, adding a pinch of thyme, too. The bay leaf is the flavor key, but don't forget to remove them after cooking. Excellent for college students, too. Holds up well, when freezing, but you will have to add water when using the microwave to reheat, as the so thickens over time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2021
It came out great-Everyone loved it! I used the ham bone and added some fresh parsley and basil and garlic to it. Delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2021
This is the best! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2020
This is one of the best Split Pea Soup recipes I’ve ever tried. It’s simple but uses potatoes which I’ve never used before but I’ve been told they also do in Germany. I received many compliments asking for the recipe so I know it was a definite hit. When I made it in the pot I left it about 4 hours. I think this made all the difference in breaking down the carbohydrates more fully so they did not causing bloating and gassiness. Thanks for sharing! Read More