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Old Fashion Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

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Instant Pot split pea soup with ham and carrots is an absolute delight that brings together a symphony of flavors in a single bowl. The combination of tender green split peas, succulent pieces of ham, and sweet, earthy carrots creates a harmonious balance of taste and texture. The Instant Pot's efficient cooking method infuses the soup with the smoky essence of the ham, while simultaneously coaxing the peas and carrots to a velvety softness.

You Will Need

1 Pound Split Peas

8 Cups Turkey or Chicken Broth

3 Large Carrots

1 tsp Hickory, Bacon Seasoning

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt 

1/2 tsp Pepper

1 Cup Diced Ham

I used Smith Field Anytime Diced Ham.

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Make your own
Hickory Bacon Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a hint of heat)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients: 

  2. Stir the ingredients well

  3. Taste the seasoning and adjust the salt

  4.  For more smokiness, you can increase the smoked paprika.

  5. Store the hickory bacon seasoning in an airtight container Keep it in a cool, dry place.

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Instant Pot Directions

  1.  ​Turn on the Sauté function of your Instant Pot Peel and cut carrots into rounds. (Larger rounds cut in half) and add the olive oil. Once the pot is hot, sauté the chopped  carrots, and minced garlic until the vegetables become tender.

  2. Add the rinsed split peas, and the rest of the ingredients. Stir everything together to combine the ingredients.

  3. Pour in the chicken broth (or water) into the Instant Pot. The liquid should cover all the ingredients by an inch or so. If you prefer a thicker soup, you can reduce the amount of liquid slightly.

  4. Cancel the Sauté function, close the Instant Pot lid, and make sure the steam release valve is set to the "Sealing" position.

  5. Select the "Soup" or "Manual" setting and set the cooking time to 12-15 minutes at high pressure. The actual cooking time will vary based on the model and size of your Instant Pot.

  6. Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10-15 minutes. Then carefully do a quick release of any remaining pressure by turning the steam release valve to "Venting."

  7. Open the Instant Pot lid and check the seasoning. Add Diced Ham  Add salt and pepper to taste. 

  8. Serve the split pea soup hot in bowls and enjoy it on its own or with some crusty bread on the side.


  10. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days. Like the stovetop version, the flavors tend to improve with time.

  11. Using the Instant Pot significantly reduces the cooking time and helps develop the flavors of the soup quickly. It's a great option for busy days when you want a comforting and nutritious meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.

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Stove Top Directions

  1. Rinse the split peas: Start by rinsing the dried split peas under cold water in a strainer or colander. Remove any debris or impurities.

  2. Sauté the the carrots, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Sauté until the vegetables become tender.

  3. Add split peas and seasoning: Stir in the rinsed split peas, Mix everything together. 

  4. Add liquid: Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth (or water) into the pot. The liquid should cover all the ingredients by an inch or so. If you prefer a thicker soup, you can reduce the amount of liquid slightly.

  5. Bring to a boil: Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer.

  6. Simmer the soup: Cover the pot with a lid, leaving it slightly ajar to allow steam to escape. Let the soup simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally. The split peas should become tender and start to break down, creating a thick and creamy texture.

  7. Check seasoning: Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to your liking. Remember that if you added ham or ham hock, they might already add some saltiness, so adjust accordingly. Add Ham 30 Minutes before soup is finished.

  8. Serve: Ladle the hot split pea soup into bowls and enjoy it on its own or with some crusty bread on the side.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days. The flavors tend to improve with time, so it's a great soup to make ahead.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences and add any other vegetables or seasonings you like. Split pea soup is versatile and forgiving, making it an excellent choice for a hearty and comforting meal on a chilly day.

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Split Soup Variations

  1. Split Pea Soup: The classic split pea soup is made with green or yellow split peas, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and vegetable or meat broth. It's often seasoned with thyme, bay leaves, and pepper. Ham hocks or bacon can be added for extra flavor.

  2. Yellow Split Pea Soup: Similar to the classic split pea soup, this variation specifically uses yellow split peas. It may have a milder taste compared to green split pea soup.

  3. Red Lentil Soup: While not technically made with split peas, red lentil soup is another popular legume-based soup. It's made with red lentils, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and various spices like cumin, turmeric, and coriander.

  4. Dal (Indian Split Lentil Soup): Dal is a traditional Indian soup made from various split lentils, such as split mung beans or split red lentils. It is usually seasoned with Indian spices like cumin, turmeric, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.

  5. Pea and Ham Soup: A variation of split pea soup, but with the addition of diced ham, which adds a smoky and savory flavor to the dish.

  6. Smoky Split Pea Soup: This version is made with smoked split peas or incorporates smoked ingredients like smoked paprika or liquid smoke to infuse the soup with a smoky flavor.

  7. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup: A meatless version of the classic split pea soup, using vegetable broth and omitting any meat-based additives.

  8. Moroccan Harira Soup: Though not made with split peas, this soup includes lentils along with chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, and a blend of spices like cinnamon, cumin, and ginger. It's a hearty and flavorful soup.

  9. Split Pea and Potato Soup: A variation that combines split peas with chunks of potatoes for added texture and heartiness.

  10. Creamy Split Pea Soup: In this variation, the soup is blended to a smooth and creamy consistency, often with the addition of coconut milk or cream.

These are just a few examples of split soup variations. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your own unique and delicious split pea-based soup recipes!

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