Indulge in the hearty goodness of split pea soup, infused with aromatic fresh herbs that add a burst of flavor to every spoonful. This recipe combines the wholesome benefits of legumes, grains, and herbs in one satisfying bowl, making it a perfect choice for those who seek a healthy and delicious meal.

bowl of split pea soup with fresh herbs

What are split peas?

Split peas are a type of legume that is harvested when the pod dries and splits naturally, revealing the two halves of the pea inside. These halves can be further dried and split, resulting in what we know as split peas.

Due to their high content of fiber and protein, they are a healthy ingredient in soups and stews. Moreover, split peas are easier to digest than whole peas and cook relatively quickly, making them a convenient addition to any recipe.

Can I make pea soup in the instant pot?

Instant Pot has been a huge success amongst my family and friends. The benefits of eating fresh herbs, legumes, and grains in a bowl are just too powerful to pass up.

The Instant Pot has really made it easy for me to have breakfast ready for me when I wake up, lunch ready for me when I’m hungry during work, or dinner ready when we get home from work.

About this recipe

Warm up on a chilly evening with a comforting bowl of split pea soup. This recipe is a breeze to make in your instant pot, on the stovetop, or in a crockpot. Enjoy the delicious and wholesome flavors of tender peas and savory spices, all in one satisfying meal.

And if you like to prepare your meals in advance, this vegan green split pea soup freezes very well for future meals.

GREEN SPLIT PEA in a bowl, rice, and fresh herbs

Is split pea soup healthy?

Split peas are considered one of the most nutritious legumes, delivering protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. High in vitamin C, they may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and protect against cardiovascular disease.

But perhaps their most important property is their ability to stabilize blood sugar because of their high fiber content. In fact, studies have shown that eating split peas may actually lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Sautéeing onion  in the instast pot

Preparing your ingredients

Another benefit of making this instant pot split pea soup with fresh herbs is that the vegetable chopping prep is minimal. You do not need to chop celery or carrots for this recipe. You just need to slice an onion and roughly chop some fresh herbs.

Fresh herbs in the instant pot

how do you make split pea soup in an instant pot

  • First sauteé the onion and spices in the pot to develop the flavor base.
  • Then add the the resto fo the ingredients and secure the lid of the pot on. Check that the pressure valve is set on seal and turn on the instant pot in the beans/chili setting for 20 minutes.
  • Release the pressure mually, stir, check for donness and serve.
a bowl of  vegan split pea soup with fresh herbs and rice

How to finish and serve

Serve with a slice of crusty bread, a good salad on the side, and finish with chopped scallions and fresh mint for the perfect lunch or dinner. This freezes well for up to 3 months or keeps delicious in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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green split pea soups


Alejandra Graf
The idea of this recipe comes from the Food & Wine magazine, November 2016. And it’s delicious, perfect and quick to make.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 221 kcal



  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 thinly sliced onion onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3/4 cup green split​ dried peas
  • 3/4 cup of brown rice
  • 1 large bunch of parsley
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 10 cups water
  • salt

To serve

  • chopped mint leaves
  • sliced ​​scallion


  • With the sautée function on sautée the onion with the olive oil for a couple of minutes, then add the cinnamon and the turmeric. Give it about 5 minutes to release its smell.
  • Add the rice, the dry peas, the herbs, the 10 cups of water and cover.
  • Set the bean function on the Instant pot for 20 minutes.
  • When done release the pressure manually, open the lid and check for doneness. Add salt to taste and stir well.
  • Serve in suop bowls, and finish with sliced scallions and fresh mint.


-If one day you do not have parsley it does not matter​ if one day you have basil instead of mint, you exchange and it does not matter.
-You can do it in a normal pot or in Instant Pot. Set it on the cooking-beans setting. -Make it your own


Serving: 1servingCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Vegan green split soup


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