Make Life Simple, Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Harissa Paste and fragrant North African spices. Vegan and Gluten Free!
Arrange whatever pieces come your way. ~Virginia Woolf~
This vegan Make Life Simple, Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is packed full of winter veggies and seasoned with North African spices. It only takes 15 minutes in an Instant Pot, using the pressure cooker setting. When it is done, serve it up with spicy Harissa paste and a drizzle of olive oil. To cool down the palate, swirl yogurt into the bowl.
Harissa Paste, if unfamiliar is a spicy North African condiment we all should get to know. It gives somber split peas a boost of flavor along with lovely heat. Together, it’s magic.
Oh ya, and did I mention it only takes 15 minutes in the pressure cooker? You can make the quick version of Harissa Paste while the soup is cooking! A delicious healthy meal to make ahead and portion it up for midweek meals. A true timesaver.
But do you want to know the real reason I posted this recipe? If you are like me, you’ve probably had some spit peas hanging around in your pantry a while now. I’ll be honest, they don’t fly off my shelf. Brian has never once said, “Honey, I feel like having split pea soup tonight“.
But when put in front of him, he loves it.
So it feels good using up pantry ingredients we already have on hand, especially during the winter months, when fresh produce is more limited. Perhaps I’m a little like my frugal parents, in that cooking up something humble, like split peas, which cost very little, but still have the potential of tasting amazing … is so extremely gratifying! I want you to feel this!
Plus, split peas are really high in fiber and low in calories, meaning they are filling and satisfying, while being heart-healthy, and keep me feeling energized all day long.
Garnish the soup with Harissa Paste ( which you can make or buy) and a drizzle of Olive oil and fresh parsley, or swirl in some yogurt. Of course, you can use vegan yogurt. 😉
Either way, I think you’ll love it.
Make a batch of this Instant Pot Split Pea Soup on Sunday and portion it out for midweek meals!
More Instant Pot recipes you may like:
- Cuban Black Bean Soup (Instant Pot w/ Dry Beans)
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup w/ Spinach & Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Pinto Bean Stew
- Our 25 Best Instant Pot Recipes | Easy Pressure Cooker Meals
Make Life Simple Instant Pot Split Pea Soup, packed with veggies and seasoned with Harissa Paste and North African flavors. Drizzle with olive oil and keep it vegan, or add a swirl of yogurt for added richness. ( See stove top and Slow cooker options below)
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 4–6 fat garlic cloves, rough chopped
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 heaping cup celery, diced
- 1 heaping cup carrots or parsnips, diced ½ inch thick
- 1 x 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes ( or use fire roasted for extra flavor, or use 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes diced with their juices ). Do not drain.
- 2 cups split peas ( feel free to soak for a few hours or not, up to you)
- 4 cups veggie or chicken broth ( or water with 1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon)
- 2 cups water
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs or Herbs de Provence
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon aleppo chili flakes ( or regular chili flakes)
Garnish with olive oil, Harissa (homemade, or store bought- FYI Trader Joes carries it) and a swirl of plain yogurt or sour cream and fresh Italian parsley.
In an Instant pot, using the saute function, saute the the onion and garlic in the olive oil while you chop the rest of the veggies.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Give a a good stir and cover. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally ( 15 minutes).
Stir once again, it will thicken a bit as it cools.
Serve with a teaspoon or two of Harissa Paste, a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of plain yogurt and some fresh Italian parsley.
For easier digestion, soak the peas in a bowl of water on the counter or overnight in the fridge. Optional!
To cook in a slow cooker, cook on low heat 8 to 10 hrs or on high heat 6 to 7 hours, or until peas are tender.
To cook on the stove top, cook in a dutch oven, covered, simmer on low heat, 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until peas are tender.
- Serving Size: 1.25 cups with Harissa Oil
- Calories: 361
- Sugar: 9.6 g
- Sodium: 241.7 mg
- Fat: 10.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 53 g
- Fiber: 20.1 g
- Protein: 17.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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