Split Pea & Bacon Soup
Split Pea & Bacon Soup

I love me some split pea soup and it’s honestly been on my bucket list to learn to make.

The Instant Pot made it SO easy.

I like mine peppery so often use 1 tsp black pepper – feel free to adjust to your taste.

Definitely staying in our rotation!

The kid claims he’s never had split pea soup – not sure how this can be real as stopping to eat at Split Pea Anderson’s in Buellton is one of my favorites!!! 🤔. But he liked it.

YUM, YUM, YUM!!! 😋😋😋

TIPS: For a creamy version, hit w/ an immersion blender after Step 9. Or sub 1/2 cup diced, cooked ham for the bacon (adding it all in Step 5 instead of leaving any aside).

Creamy Split Pea & Ham

Split Pea & Bacon Soup

  • 12 oz (pre-cooked weight) cooked bacon bits (see my Bacon Bits recipe)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 oz dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Follow Bacon Bits recipe Instant Pot directions then set bacon bits aside, leaving bacon drippings in bottom of inner pot.
  2. On Saut̩ РNormal function for Instant Pot, add diced onion, diced carrots, and diced celery and cook about 5 mins, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened.
  3. Add 1 tsp garlic and 1/2 tsp thyme, continuing to cook for 30 secs to 1 min (don’t let garlic burn!).
  4. Stir in 32 oz broth and 2 cups water and deglaze pot (fancy phrase for scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot – I find that a wood paddle works best for this).
  5. Add 16 oz split peas, 1/2 of bacon bits, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and mix well.
  6. Secure lid and set to Sealing.
  7. Select Pressure Cook (or Manual) for 8 mins.
  8. When cooking is complete, use natural release (fancy way of saying *do nothing*) for 10 mins, then set to Venting to quickly release any remaining pressure.
  9. Remove lid, facing away from you, and stir soup.
  10. Allow to set for about 15 mins to thicken.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g15%
Saturated Fat 4.9g25%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 910mg40%
Total Carbohydrate 35.6g13%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g9%
Total Sugars 1.4g 
Protein 33.2g 
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0mg2%
Potassium 80mg2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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