Vegan Split Pea Soup

BY : PUBLISHED : September 14th, 2022 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

Looking for an easy, inexpensive recipe for a classic soup? This vegan split pea soup recipe goes together easily and cooks on the stovetop in about an hour. Most of the cooking is hands-off and you can easily make it ahead of time for meals throughout the week!

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We will never get tired of our endless search for budget-friendly plant-based recipes. Having those easy, quick, and very inexpensive meals to turn to can be a tremendous help, so rest assured we’ll keep them coming! This Split Pea Soup is high up on that list so get ready to learn the ropes.

Cooking with dry split peas and other legumes is a great way to save money on meals., often cooking up into the same amount of 3-4 cans of beans at a fraction of the cost. The best place to buy them is at the bulk bin section of your local store. The veggies, herbs, and spices can be found at very convenient prices at most grocery stores.

If you love cooking with beans, you might also enjoy this Vegan MInestrone Soup, Vegan Pasta Primavera, and Turmeric Yellow Split Peas.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Budget-friendly: That’s what we’re all about here and this vegan split pea soup really delivers!
  • Simple ingredients: There’s no lengthy list of things you need to pick up at the store to make this recipe.
  • Comfort food classic: This vegan soup recipe is comfort food at its best. It has great flavor, creamy texture, and is extremely satisfying and filling.
  • Great flavor. This meal is so delicious while still using easy-to-find and low-cost ingredients. 

What is Split Pea Soup?

Split pea soup is a hearty, legume-based soup most commonly made with green split peas though yellow can be used as well. Not much is really needed to make a great-tasting vegan version of this soup since the split peas cook up naturally sweet and flavorful.

The soup cooks up into a creamy soup without needing blending thanks to the split peas which fall apart when cooked. It's hearty enough for a main meal but makes a great side dish as well.

What Goes Into This Recipe

This recipe uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients you can grab on a quick trip to the grocery store.

ingredients for Vegan Split Pea Soup measured out against a white surface and cutting board
  • Vegetable oil: You can use any neutral vegetable oil.
  • Aromatics and veggies: The first layers of flavor start with yellow onion, fresh garlic, carrots, and celery.
  • Split peas: You can find dry split peas in just about any grocery store. 
  • Vegetarian bouillon cubes or paste: A quick way to add flavor to the soup, you can also use 6 cups vegetable broth instead and eliminate the water.

For the complete list of ingredients and quantities, check the recipe card further down on the page.

How To Make Split Pea Soup Vegan

  • 1) Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • 2) When hot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • 3) Add the split peas, water, and bouillon or broth and cover with the lid. Lower the heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. Then remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  • 4) When ready, season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Expert Tips 

  • Age of split peas. The older your bag of split peas, the longer they take to cook so if you find that after an hour of cooking, they still aren’t tender enough they may have been sitting around a bit and simply need to cook longer.
  • Speed up the cooking time: If you want your split peas to cook more quickly, you can soak them overnight before cooking. This generally reduces the cooking time considerably.
  • Season with salt after cooking. Split peas, like other legumes, cook more quickly in unsalted water. Be sure to add at the end to your tastes. I find split peas generally need a fairly generous amount of salt. 

FAQs

What spices go in split pea soup?

The slightly sweet, yet earthy flavor of split peas taste great when flavored with bay leaves, chili peppers or powder, chives, cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, oregano, smoked paprika, black pepper, rosemary, and turmeric.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

No, split peas do not need to be soaked prior to cooking. However, they can be soaked in advance of cooking which reduces the length of time they need to cook.

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How to Serve

How to Store

  • Make ahead: This vegan split pea soup is a perfect choice for meal-prep Sundays! Make it ahead on the weekend or cook up a double batch and store it in the fridge or freezer to use for meals. If you’re afraid you’ll get bored of the same meal, do not fret. You can customize it every single time. You can add some cooked rice one day and some spicy cooked tofu the next.
  • Refrigerator: Allow the soup to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to five days. 
  • Freezer:  Use a well-sealed container for the freezer and store for up to three months.
  • Reheat: Return the vegan split pea soup to a pot or saucepan and heat over medium heat until heated through. The soup thickens considerably as it sits so you may need to add water or vegetable broth when reheating to thin it out.

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completed Vegan Split Pea Soup in a white bowl against a white surface
completed Vegan Split Pea Soup in a white bowl against a white surface

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Toni Okamoto
Looking for an easy, inexpensive recipe for a classic soup? This vegan split pea soup recipe goes together easily and cooks on the stovetop in about an hour. Most of the cooking is hands-off and you can easily make it ahead of time for meals throughout the week!
5 from 64 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 260 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 2 cups of split peas
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 Tablespoons of Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large pot (with a lid) over medium heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add split peas, water, and Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon, cover with the lid, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Serve garnished with salt and pepper.

Notes

  • Age of split peas. The older your bag of split peas, the longer they take to cook so if you find that after an hour of cooking, they still aren’t tender enough they may have been sitting around a bit and simply need to cook longer.
  • Speed up the cooking time: If you want your split peas to cook more quickly, you can soak them overnight before cooking. This generally reduces the cooking time considerably.
  • Season with salt after cooking. Split peas, like other legumes, cook more quickly in unsalted water. Be sure to add at the end to your own tastes. I find split peas to generally need a fairly generous amount of salt. 

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 17gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 69mgPotassium: 752mgFiber: 18gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2163IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 3mg
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About Toni Okamoto

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  1. nancy says

    5 stars
    i love how soft and cozy this vegan split pea soup recipe is. perfect when you are feeling a little run down

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely a great pick-me-up soup!

  2. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect for upcoming cold days!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! So soothing!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Warm, inviting, and full of fiber. You can't go wrong with this soup recipe!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! This soup hits the spot!

  4. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    This is the perfect fall soup, so filling and so tasty!

    • Andrea White says

      One of my favorite soups for sure!

  5. Katie says

    5 stars
    This veggie soup is so COZY. I can't wait to make it all season long!

    • Andrea White says

      One of the coziest soups for sure!

  6. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Love how easy this split pea soup is! It's going to be perfect for soup season 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      It's added to my soup rotation too! So good!

  7. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Spilt pea soup is that comfort meal that always goes great on any day! Lol

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! It always hits the spot!

  8. Helen at the lazy gastronome says

    5 stars
    This soup is thick and rich. I love a good soup or stew on a cold autumn night.

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love a rich soup to warm you up! It's a delicious one!

  9. Oscar says

    5 stars
    Prepped this soup for my lunches this week and I looked forward to enjoying it every single day. Loved how hearty this soup is and kept me satiated so I didn't need anything else for lunch. Making it again this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Andrea White says

      It's definitely a filling one alright! So good!

  10. Lucy says

    5 stars
    This split pea soup is such a healthy warm and comforting meal that's perfect for the colder months ahead. I love how easy is it to make in a large batch, making it great for meal prep for busy weeknights.

    • Andrea White says

      So true! It's definitely a great meal prep option! So great to enjoy throughout the week!

  11. Nora says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this awesome and healthy veggie soup! My family loved it! So full of flavors!

    • Andrea White says

      So glad the family loved this one! It's a favorite of mine too!

  12. Natalie says

    5 stars
    A quick, healthy, and very tasty veggie soup recipe. Loved it, thanks!

    • Andrea White says

      Nothing like a quick tasty soup!

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