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Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage (Pressure Cooker)

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage is amazingly easy to make in your pressure cooker and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 493kcal


  • 1 pound (16 ounces) smoked sausage sliced thin (See Tip 1)
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) green split peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 ribs of celery chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups water (See Tip 2)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth


  • Cook the sausage in a large pressure cooker. Remove the cooked sausage and drain well on paper towels. Pour all of the fat from the pressure cooker and wipe it down with paper towels.
  • Add the onion and celery to the pressure cooker, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to loosen the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Add the cooked sausage, salt, thyme, pepper, and water. Continue stirring to loosen the browned bits. nd
  • Add the rinsed split peas and chicken broth. Stir well to combine.
  • Lock the lid of the pressure cooker in place. Over high heat, bring the pot to the highest pressure. Reduce the heat to medium-low (enough heat to maintain the high pressure) and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; allow the pressure to come down naturally. Remove the lid; stir well, taking care to blend in the peas and other ingredients that have sunk to the bottom of the pan. Correct the seasonings. If desired, use an immersion blender to further blend the soup.
  • Yield: 6 servings. (See Tips 3 and 4)


  1. May use 2 cups of diced ham in place of the smoked sausage. If using ham, combine the ham, onions, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes and proceed as above.
  2. For a richer flavor, 8 cups of chicken broth in place of the water and chicken broth.
  3. May also use the Instant Pot to make this awesome soup.
  4. This soup tends to thicken quite a bit as it cools. If desired, add additional water or chicken broth to achieve the desired consistency. Also, the leftovers are delicious!


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1446mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4.2mg