Instant Pot 101: Soup

Welcome back to Instant Pot 101! (You can catch the first two posts of this series here and here.)

I hope your first week of cooking with your Instant Pot went well. I know that my family has enjoyed hard boiled eggs this week. My daughter Emma was also thrilled to enjoy Chicken Noodles, her favorite.

As a Lutheran wife, it is ingrained in me that the Lenten season is also Soup season. Every Wednesday before our Lenten service, our church gathers for a soup and sandwich supper. I usually don’t make soup, as I’m a 40 hours a week working mom and generally don’t have time for that.

Enter the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

My husband’s favorite soup is Split Pea Soup, which takes a looooong time to make conventionally. A whole day, in fact. But with the Instant Pot, it only takes around a half hour! And you don’t even have to soak the peas! We’ve had this recipe since I got my Instant Pot, and my husband loved it. So I decided to make it for our Lenten supper tomorrow night. Since I was doing that, I thought it would be a good week for us to concentrate on making soups!

Here are the ingredients for Split Pea Soup:

  • 40 oz vegetable stock (I use a little more water, last time it was too thick for me. I also use plain water plus two tablespoons of chicken flavor Better Than Bouillon– the flavor is outstanding. But you can use regular broth too.)
  • 2 c. (one bag) dry split peas
  • ½ onion, chopped–
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (I leave this out, we’re not celery fans–But Dakotapam is!!!)
  • 2 carrots, cut (I use pre-cut slices)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt (Leave this out if you’re using Better than Bouillon)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (Can be omitted)
  • 1 cup ham, diced

Now, Let’s make Split Pea Soup!

Turn your pot on sauté, and put in the olive oil. Let it heat up for a bit.

Instant Pot Pan With Oil | Split Pea Soup Recipe

Throw in your onion

Instant Pot Pan with onions | Split Pea Soup Recipe

And your ham

Instant Pot Pan with Ham | Split Pea Soup Recipe

Let this sauté a bit, just until your onions start to wilt and the ham juice starts to come out.

Then add all the rest of the ingredients.

Instant Pot pan with soup ingredients | Split Pea Soup Recipe

Push the Pressure Cook (or manual) button

Pressure cook button | Split Pea Soup Recipe

And set for 17 minutes, on high pressure.

And now you just wait for it to be done!

After 17 minutes, use a quick pressure release and stir.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Now if the soup is too thick for you, it’s ok to add some more broth, just make sure you season to taste. I’m going to put this in my crockpot and heat it up tomorrow for the supper. Personally, I think soup is better the next day when the flavors can combine, but this is a super easy weeknight dinner if you can’t do that.

More  Instant Pot soup recipes for you:

Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup 

10 Minute Baked Potato Soup | Pressure Cooker Recipe

Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

Happy soup making! Let me know if you make any soup this week- I’d love to hear how it turns out. And as always, if you have any questions or any recipes you’d like to see featured next week, leave it in the comments or on the Facebook community!

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Written by Esther Burns
I'm a pastor's wife and mom to three great kids. I am also Dakotapam's bestie, a Target lady, and an Instant Pot Wizard!