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Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup is a thick, hearty, naturally gluten-free soup. Storebought ham or leftovers work for this simple recipe.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup is a thick and hearty classic soup that makes for a great winter comfort food. This recipe is naturally gluten-free as long as you check your ingredient labels.

I have a lot of memories pertaining to split pea soup. My Mom made it my whole life growing up. In my younger years it was delicious. It was a thick, hearty and filling soup that was always welcome on a chilly day or on a day with lousy weather. As she got older she started changing it up a bit. I vividly remember seeing renditions that looked not like food, as well as version of different colors and versions with different ingredients like rice. It finally got to a point I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I had before. Time passed and eventually she almost completely stopped making it.

The split pea soup recipe that I am sharing today is reminiscent of the split pea soup that she used to make back in the day, the one that I loved. It’s hearty and filling and warms you from the inside. Here’s how you make it.

What do I need to make Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup?

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ham (I used Smithfield Anytime Hickory Ham Slices)
  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 2 cups diced potatoes (I used 3 medium sized potatoes)
  • 2 cups diced baby carrots
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, diced or minced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (the kind you keep in the fridge)
  • 1x 20 oz bag Hampeas (I don’t use the seasoning packet)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • parsley
  • marjoram
  • paprika
  • black pepper
Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions For Making Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

Plug in the electric pressure cooker.

Place the bacon onto a cooking sheet and bake it until it is cooked. It should be semi-firm but not super crispy. While the bacon is cooking you can get started on the rest of the prep work.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Cut the ham into cubes or bite sized pieces. If you have leftover ham from a spiral or regular ham you can definitely use that. If not, you can use prepackaged ham slices or ham steak. You can even have the deli slice some ham really thick, which I often do if there’s a great sale on deli ham or I can’t find what I want in the meat department.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Cut the carrots into bite sized pieces. I prefer to use baby carrots but you could use regular ones if that’s what you prefer or have on hand.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Mince or dice the onion. You’ll want to do whichever fits your family’s taste preference.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Peel the potatoes, then cut them into chunks. Be mindful of the size of the potatoes, if you cut them super duper small they will be far more likely to get super soft and fall apart during cooking. Leaving them on the larger side will help them maintain their texture.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pour some of the chicken broth into the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Place the carrots into the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Add the chopped onion to the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pour the Hampeas into the pot. I don’t use the seasoning packet that comes with the peas for this recipe.

Place the potatoes on top of the peas.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pour the rest of the chicken broth into the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Add the chopped ham to the top of the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Add the seasonings and the chopped, cooked bacon to the top of the pot.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Set the pressure cooker to cook for 20 minutes on manual high pressure.

Remove the lid from the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Gently stir the soup before you’re ready to ladle it into bowls.

Serve and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe From Val's Kitchen

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9 comments

Claire Lomax January 14, 2021 - 4:58 pm

I used to make soup all the time but I think I over did it and now I hardly ever eat it. This sounds delicious though, I think now I am working from home it is time to get soup making again. My house is freezing as well so this could be really useful in keeping warm as well x x

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Rebecca Smith January 14, 2021 - 9:57 pm

Such a hearty and delicious soup! I haven’t had split pea soup in so long – it was a go to when I was younger!

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Jo January 15, 2021 - 1:32 am

I really can’t believe I have found a delicious soup recipe like this! My kids love it as well

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Annissa January 15, 2021 - 2:33 am

I’ve never made split pea soup from scratch before. Thanks to your guidance and photos it was easy. What a delicious way to warm up in the winter!

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Caroline January 15, 2021 - 3:20 am

This looks so comforting and hearty, great for a cold day.

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whitney January 15, 2021 - 3:28 am

I am looking forward to trying this in my pressure cooker! I love that you included so many veggies too for added flavor!

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Beth January 15, 2021 - 4:03 am

My family is going to love this recipe! So excited to give this a try! Looks so delicious and fantastic!

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Anosa January 15, 2021 - 1:47 pm

I have never tried a pea soup before but this looks absolutely delicious, can not wait to give it a try.

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Georgina January 16, 2021 - 1:21 pm

This looks really delicious and nutritious. Perfect for these cold, wet winter days. I have a KitchenAid Cook Processor, I might try and cook this in there.

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