Classic split pea soup
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By Devorah Bowen | The Yummy Vegan

This Classic Split Pea Soup recipe is the latest installment of, The Art of Soups & Stews. In this monthly recipe column, Devorah Bowen, creator of The Yummy Vegan and Best of Vegan contributor, delves into her treasure trove of satisfying, comforting, cost-effective, and low waste vegan soup and stew recipes to share them with you!

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Split Pea Soup – a Cozy & Comforting Classic

Split Pea is one of the classic soups that’s easy to make, cozy and so comforting. There are just a few simple ingredients and the split peas are packed with protein and fiber. The peas give the soup a subtly sweetness, the potatoes make it extra creamy and the liquid smoke rounds out the flavors. It’s extremely satiating and is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients You’ll Need

split pea soup ingredient overview
  • Peas: Green Split Peas 

  • Vegetables: Onion, Garlic, Yellow or Yukon Potatoes, Celery, Carrots
  • Condiments & Spices: Neutral Oil (like Avocado), Vegetable or Vegan Chicken Broth, Liquid Smoke
, Salt & Pepper
  • Herbs: Thyme
, Bay Leaves


TIP: Before using the peas, make sure to pick through for any debris and give them a quick rinse.

How to Make this Split Pea Soup

This section includes step by step pictures of how to make this split pea soup. Find the full recipe, including exact measurements, in the recipe card below.

Sauté The Onions

sauté the onions

Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté for 5-8 minutes or until they are translucent. Season with salt & pepper.

Add The Split Peas & Broth and Cook over Low Heat

split peas and bay leaves added to pot

Add in the celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and split peas. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. Add in the broth then cover the pot and cook on medium low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the peas have begun to break down.

broth being added to the pot
mixed soup cooking

Add the Potatoes & Carrots and Cook Until Soft and Thickened

potatoes added to soup

Add in the potatoes, carrots and liquid smoke and continue cooking for another 20-25 minutes or until everything is soft and the soup has thickened. Add up to 2 cups of water to thin to desired consistency.

carrots added to the pot
split pea soup being blended

Adjust, Serve, and Enjoy!

split pea soup

Check for seasoning, adjust with salt & pepper, remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

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Split Pea Soup – Recipe Card

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Comforting Classic Split Pea Soup

5 from 1 vote
This classic split pea soup is easy to make, comforting, delicious, and all around perfect for a cozy, healthy, and satisfying meal.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Green Split Peas
  • 1 medium Onion diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 medium Yellow or Yukon Potatoes

    peeled and cubed


  • 3 ribs Celery diced
  • 2 Tbsp Neutral Oil like Avocado oil
  • 2 small Carrots diced
  • 2 tsp Fresh Thyme chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 6 cups Vegetable Broth or Vegan Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water as needed to thin
  • 3 dashes Liquid Smoke or more, to taste
  • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper or more, to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté for 5-8 minutes or until they are translucent. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Add in the celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and split peas. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. Add in the broth then cover the pot and cook on medium low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the peas have begun to break down.
  • 3.Add in the potatoes, carrots and liquid smoke and continue cooking for another 20-25 minutes or until everything is soft and the soup has thickened. Add up to 2 cups of water to thin to desired consistency.
  • 4.Check for seasoning, adjust with salt & pepper, remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

Notes

Before using the peas, make sure to pick through for any debris and give them a quick rinse.
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