Bringing you major warm and cozy vibes with a tasty Vegan Split Pea Soup! Packed with nourishing vegetables and full of flavor and comfort, it’s going to be your new favorite winter recipe! An easy one pot dinner option that the whole family will love!

vegan split pea soup topped with croutons

During the winter season, soup is one of our favorite family dinners! Whether it’s a slow cooker potato soup or a hearty minestrone soup, a warm and comforting soup is always a hit in my house. This vegan split pea soup is super tasty, satisfying and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

In my opinion, there is just about nothing more comforting than a bowl of piping hot soup to warm the body and soul. Split pea soup is the perfect meal for a chilly day! It’s thick, creamy and so satisfying.

It also just happens to be vegetarian, vegan & gluten free friendly.

pea soup served with croutons

What are split peas?

Split peas are dried peas that are nutrient-rich and can be found in most grocery stores near the dried beans. They come in yellow and green varieties. The green variety, which we’re using today, have a subtle sweetness that makes this soup irresistible. Yellow split peas are often used in curries and have a more mild flavor.

There’s no need to soak the green split peas for this soup recipe. We want to simmer the peas for a good amount of time to allow for the flavors to develop and for the peas to cook down and make this soup thick and creamy.

Ingredients:

Classic split pea soup recipes are filled with plenty of nutrition; you get a variety of yummy vegetables, protein, fiber, and incredibly flavorful seasonings. What’s not to love? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil. Just a bit is needed to sauté the vegetables.
  • Veggies. To give our pea soup plenty of flavor and heartiness, we’re using yellow onion, carrots, celery and garlic.
  • Vegetable broth. The veggies are simmered in a savory vegetable broth, which keeps this recipe vegan.
  • Dried split peas. Once the peas are cooked down, they give this soup a subtle sweetness and wonderful creaminess that’s SO delicious!
  • Seasonings. I find it convenient and just as delicious to use dry herbs for homemade pea soup. You’ll need a bay leaf, thyme and cumin.
  • Salt + pepper. Necessary to make all of the flavors really pop!

ingredients for vegan split pea soup

How to make vegan split pea soup:

Making this cozy split pea soup recipe is such a breeze! I love that everything is cooked in one pot and other than a little veggie chopping, it takes very little effort to throw together. Here’s a quick rundown of the instructions:

  1. First, sauté your onion, celery, carrots and garlic in a large pot for several minutes until veggies begin to soften.
  2. Add in the vegetable broth, split peas and seasonings, simmer for about one hour, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the salt and pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes. Easy!

Tips for making split pea soup:

This recipe really is so simple, but here are some tips to make sure your pea soup cooks up awesome every single time!

  • I recommend picking over the peas and checking for pebbles and debris. Then, you can rinse and drain them.
  • Vegan split pea soup is very versatile. Feel free to add any other veggies or seasonings that you prefer.
  • The green split peas do a great job of cooking down and thickening into a textured puree – you don’t even need to use an immersion blender. However, if you prefer your soup be creamier, feel free to use one. You could also just let the soup simmer longer. The longer it simmers, the thicker it will become.

bowl filled with vegan split pea soup served with crackers

Split pea soup serving suggestions:

This soup would be absolutely delicious paired with any of the following:

  • Simple green salad
  • Crackers or croutons
  • Rolls or crusty bread
  • Cornbread
  • Grilled cheese

Storing and freezing split pea soup:

This pea soup recipe is perfect for meal prep or as a make ahead meal, and reheats very well. You may even find that it’s tastier the next day!

Leftovers. Like most other soup recipes, split pea soup can be stored in an airtight container and kept in your fridge for up to about 4 to 5 days. If you feel that the soup has become a little too thick, simply add in some veggie broth or water.

Freezing. You can freeze split pea soup! Once it’s completely cooled, place it in freezer-safe containers or resealable gallon-sized freezer bags. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. To thaw, transfer the soup to the fridge to thaw overnight. When ready to serve, reheat it on medium heat on the stovetop. You will most likely need to add more liquid to the soup because it can become quite thick.

spoonful of split pea soup

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vegan split pea soup topped with croutons

Vegan Split Pea Soup


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan split pea soup is filled with nourishing vegetables, flavor and comfort. An easy one pot dinner option that the whole family will love!


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté over medium heat until the veggies begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  2. Add in broth, green split peas, bay leaf, thyme, and cumin. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook for 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Ladle into bowls and serve with crackers, cornbread or grilled cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer that your soup be creamier, you can use an immersion blender to puree some of the soup or simply simmer a bit longer. 

Storage recommendations:

Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days. Add veggie broth or water to thin it out, if necessary. You can also freeze split pea soup! Once it’s completely cooled, place it in freezer-safe containers or resealable gallon-sized freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat it on medium heat on the stovetop.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: split pea soup, pea soup, vegan split pea soup