Make a scrumptious wholesome healthy and nutritious split pea soup in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe

This instant pot split pea soup is wholesome, hearty, healthy and nutritious. Made in less than 30 minutes when pressure cooked. It's made with dried split peas, celery, and a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. A perfect winter soup whether you make it vegetarian or no vegetarian. Add a side of salad, crusty bread and you have a scrumptious meal. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, soup, Split Pea
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Soaking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov


  • 450 grams Split peas green (6 cups soaked)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 inch Ginger 1 tsp grated
  • 1 clove Garlic med
  • 1/2 cup Celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onions chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp  Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parsley finely chopped
  • 1175 ml Stock
  • 250 ml Milk
  • tsp  Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated


Soak Peas

  • Check the split peas and sort for any unwanted peas.
  • Wash and soak the split peas for at least an hour to 3 hours.
  • Drain and wash well again - set aside.


  • Add 2 tbsp olive oil to the Instant Pot.
  • Saute the garlic, ginger, bay leaves for 30 seconds.
  • Followed by celery and onion - saute until onions are translucent.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Then the chopped parsley and drained soaked split peas.
  • Add 5 cups stock - stir well.

Pressure Cook in Instant Pot

  • Close the instant pot and set to manual.
  • Pressure cook for 25 minutes (see notes above).
  • Allow pressure to natural release for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Then clear any remaining steam by venting again and open carefully.

Pressure cook in Pressure Cooker

  • Close the pressure cooker - add the whistle.
  • Set it on medium high for 25 minutes (see notes above).
  • Allow pressure to release naturally.
  • Open pressure cooker carefully.

Finish the soup

  • Remove the bay leaves and discard (don't forget this one).
  • Use a hand blender, blend the soup to a smooth consistency.
  • Add cornstarch to the milk - combine well.
  • Then add milk mixture to the pea soup and mix well.
  • Finally, add the Parmesan cheese - combine well.
  • Check and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve garnished with more parmesan cheese if desired.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 877mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 4.6mg