This tasty vegan soup is WFPB and oil-free, too! Use it as a meal starter or as a complete meal with a side salad and some crusty bread.
Gather the Ingredients
It’s always best to make sure you have all the ingredients available before you start a recipe.
Then, prepare all the ingredients according to the instructions.
The complete, printable recipe is below.
Using Frozen, Homemade Vegetable Broth
We always make our own vegetable broth from peelings and scraps.
Then we freeze it in convenient sizes. We usually have both 4-cup and 6-cup containers of vegetable broth in our freezer.
For a quick video on how to do that, check out How to Make Homemade Vegetable Broth in your Instant Pot on YouTube.
Everything Into the Pot!
For this recipe, you can just put everything into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
Yes! Even the frozen broth.
Needless to say, as the broth is frozen, you’re not going to be able to stir the ingredients.
And, that’s okay. Everything will still cook just fine.
Set the Cooking Mode and Time
Now, place the inner liner into the base of your Instant Pot.
Close and lock the lid – ensuring that the Pressure Valve is in the Sealing position.
Select the Soup/Broth button and set the cooking time for 15 minutes.
Cooking Time, NPR and QR
Once the cooking time is complete, allow a 10-minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release. All that means is letting your Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes after the cooking time is complete.
Then, do a QR (Quick Release) to release the rest of the pressure. You do a Quick Release by carefully turning the Pressure Valve from Sealing to Venting.
Be very careful, a lot of steam will come out of the Pressure Valve.
Hint: You may want to turn your Instant Pot so the steam releases into the room and not under your kitchen cabinets.
Remove Lid and Inner Liner
Once all of the pressure has been released, and the float valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid.
Then, carefully transfer the Inner Liner to a heatproof surface.
We like to remove the inner liner from the Instant Pot base to avoid spilling anything into the lid channel. That can really be a pain to clean.
Remove Bay Leaf and Stir
Now, just remove the bay leaf and give the soup and good stir.
You can serve immediately or refrigerate or freeze for later using.
Total Instant Pot Time
The “cooking time” in an Instant Pot is only part of the story.
We always like to give the Total Instant Pot Time with our recipes, so you know exactly how long it will be before you can put the soup on the table.
Total time can also be affected by the size of Instant Pot you use. In this recipe we used a 6-quart Duo.
Here’s the total time for this recipe:
- Time to come to pressure (using frozen broth): approx. 32 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- NPR: 10 minutes
- QR (Quick Release) time to release rest of pressure: approx. 4 minutes
- Total Instant Pot time: approx. 61 minutes
This soup is very low calorie at only 207 kcal/serving.
Note: If you are using Weight Watchers, this soup is zero points.
Here’s the complete, printable recipe:
Split Pea Soup in an Instant Pot
- Electric pressure cooker
- 2 cups yellow split peas
- 4 medium carrots chopped
- 2 cups cabbage shredded
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 6 cups vegetable broth preferably homemade
- Prepare all of the ingredients per the instructions
- Place all of the ingredients in the inner liner of the Instant Pot and stir.Note: If you are using frozen broth, you won't be able to stir it, but it will still cook just fine.
- Place the inner liner into the Instant Pot base and close and lock the lid, ensuring the Pressure Valve is in the Sealing position
- Select the Soup/Broth button and set the cooking time for 15 minutes.
- Once cooking time is complete, allow a 10-minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release). That just means letting the Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure – this allows the contents to "settle down" a bit.
- After the 10-minute NPR, do a QR (Quick Release) by carefully turing the Pressure Valve from Sealing to Venting.
- Once the rest of the pressure has been released, and the Float Valve has droppe, carefully remove the lid and transfer the Inner Liner to a heatproof surface.
- Remove the Bay leaf and give the soup a good stir.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate or freeze for later use.