Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is made in under 35 minutes and is filled with vegetables and healthy split peas.
Turn Instant Pot to Sauté and add olive oil, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until beginning to soften.
Add peas, ham, broth, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir to combine the flavours. Place lid on Instant Pot with venting leaver closed. Turn to soup pressure cooking high for 15 minutes. The Instant Pot will take 15 minutes or so to get to high pressure, then it will beep and begin counting down from the 15 minutes.
Relieve pressure via quick release pressure valve once timer is up. Carefully open the lid (angled away from you) and remove ham hock. If you like your soup smooth, blend soup without ham pieces in it (either carefully with a blender or using an immersion blender).
Remove and discard skin, bones, and excess fat. Chop up ham and place back in Instant Pot. Mix to combine.
Serve soup hot***.
* Slow Cooker Method: place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove ham hock from slow cooker. Discard skin, bones and excess fat. Chop up ham and place back in Slow Cooker. Mix to combine.
** Stove Top Method: Heat a large soup pot over high heat and add ham hock, peas, and water/broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer (low), cover, and cook, for 60 minutes. Add olive oil, carrots, celery, and onion, garlic, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer (low), cover, and cook, stirring occasionally for 60-90 minutes or until peas are soft.
*** Soup will thicken as it cools.