What do you make with leftover ham?  Well, Split Pea Soup of course! It’s a fun and tasty soup make super quickly with ingredients you likely have, other than the split peas of course.  😉

This thick Instant Pot Soup is full of flavor and a favorite soup recipe in many cultures.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

8 Servings | Ready in 20 Mins | Good for Dinner | 6 Qt Instant Pot

It’s a given in our home after we make a spiral ham that we use the leftovers for Split Pea Soup.  I’m always amazed how quickly this recipe comes together. 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

It may not look like much, but this Split Pea Soup Recipe is wonderfully delicious.  It also freezes well and perfect to save a bowl for a cold day.

As I write this post, my husband is eating a bowl of this thick soup.  He loves it.  I think it’s his favorite soup. 

Diced Ham

He likes to dip Garlic French Bread into his Soup and I really don’t blame him.  I enjoy the added flavor that a good tasted piece of garlic bread brings.

I might also suggest a slice of Cheese Bread with this soup too.  I’ve been making cheese bread for decades and I love it. 

The cheesy bread dipped in this thick Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe is a party in your mouth.  Trust me.  It’s good!  

Cheese Bread

I have used leftover Spiral Ham in this recipe, however you could cube up ham from a large ham, or purchase a ham steak and dice or even the perfect little diced ham cubes found by the lunch meat section in the grocery store. 

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

It all works.  I tend to be very generous on my 2 cup measurements because we like a good hearty soup.

How Long is Split Pea Soup Good For?

If refrigerated properly, Split Pea Soup will last 3 or 4 days.  Keep in a covered container and reheat only the portions you will eat at a time.

Can I Freeze Split Pea Soup?

YES, you sure can! In fact, I purposely freeze half this recipe in single serving portions for an easy lunch.

To freeze, place in a freezer Ziploc bag and lay flat

How to Reheat Split Pea Soup

This recipe is easy to reheat. Place the desired amount in a pan over medium/high heat. Add a little broth to thin the soup down a little bit

Stir until you reach a desired temperature

Do you Soak Split Peas?

When making Split Pea Soup in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker I do not soak split peas. There is not need.

How do you puree Split Peas?

Fortunately there is no need to puree Split Peas. Because you had large chunks of carrots and ham you would not want to blend any of it up.

Instead, just stir and the split peas will fall apart turning this soup into a thick delicious Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Can I double the Recipe?

Doubling the recipe when using the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker is easy. However, just make sure the ingredients don’t go over the fill line on the inner liner

Or you will have a problem releasing pressure and making a mess.

What are Split Peas?

To make a split pea, the green pea is peeled and dried. Split peas are field peas, they are either yellow or green peas grown specifically for drying

Can I substitute Yellow Split Peas?

Yes you can. Keep everything else the same and enjoy a Yellow Split Pea Soup

How to Make Split Pea Soup Creamy?

Split Pea Soup is a very thick soup all on its own, however if you wish to make it more creamy add 1 cup heavy cream after it has cooked.  It will be rich, thick AND creamy!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

How to Freeze Split Pea Soup?

We love to freeze Split Pea Soup in Quart Size Zip-lock bags.  Fill each back with 2 cups, seal and lay flat.  Place in the freezer and allow to freeze. 

To thaw, remove from freezer and place in refrigerator overnight.  Soup can then be heated on the stove or in the Microwave.  Enjoy!

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

I’ve also thrown a ham bone into this recipe while cooking for extra added flavors. It works perfectly.

Simply pull the ham bone out when done

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Quick Tips

It’s important to remember to Deglaze your Instant Pot / Pressure cooker after you Saute’. 

Deglazing means add thing liquid and scraping to the bottom of the pot to lift up anything that might be cooked and stuck to the pan.  This helps prevent the burn notice.

Split Pea Fun Facts

Peas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, thiamine (B1), iron and phosphorus.

They are also rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre and low in fat.

A 100 calories serving of peas contains more protein than a whole egg or tablespoon of peanut butter.


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Split Pea Soup

Creamy Spit Pea Soup is made from dried peas and is a favorite in many cultures. Perfect soup recipe to use leftover ham and make this delicious pot of soup
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Devour Dinner
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Devour Dinner


  • 2 Cups dried Split Peas
  • 3-4 Celery Stalks diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 1/2 Cups Broth Vegetable or Chicken
  • 2 Cups Diced Ham
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs Garlic


  • Dice and chop, celery, onion, carrots and ham. Set aside.
  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute’ and wait until it reads “Hot”
  • Add Butter and garlic to Instant Pot and saute’
  • Add Onion and saute’ for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add Ham cubes and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn Instant Pot Off
  • Add Broth and deglaze bottom of pot if needed.
  • Add diced carrots, and celery and split peas
  • Add pepper and stir
  • Close lid and set to manual for 15 minutes. Quick Release pressure and open lid.
  • Stir. Peas will be broken down and form a thick soup. The more you stir the smoother the soup will become.


Deglaze Pot: If your onions or garlic stick to the bottom of the pot, you must deglaze the pot before setting to manual mode. Add broth and scrape the bottom of the pot to remove anything stuck to it and then proceed as normal. This is avoid the “burn notice”
Immersion Blender: For a smooth soup, use an immersion blender and puree soup after it’s been cooked.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 584mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g
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