Split Pea Soup

BY : PUBLISHED : August 1st, 2012 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

From the author, David Sterkle: This split pea soup recipe is very similar to my Grandmother’s, but hers was made traditionally and had pork fat and ham hocks. Mine, however, is 100% plant-based! The smoky flavor comes from sweating down the onions for a good 10 minutes. I enjoy this recipe because it makes enough to feed a small army. I’ll eat it for 2-3 days and freeze several more meals worth. I can usually make a whole pot for under $7.00, which averages out to about $.50 per serving. Best and yummiest bargain in town!

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From Plant-Based on a Budget: 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.

Top view of bowls of split pea soup with carrots.

Low-Cost / High Flavor

Soups must be one of the most affordable and easiest recipes in the world, and this Split Pea Soup is no exception. But make no mistake, this meal is uber delicious while still using easy-to-find and low-cost ingredients. The veggies, the herbs, and spices can be found at very convenient prices at most grocery stores. When it comes to dry beans and legumes the best place to buy them is at the bulk bin section of your local store. Give it a try!

Plan Ahead

This split pea soup is a perfect choice for meal-prep Sundays! You can make a double batch and enjoy it for a few days of the week. 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.

Also, you can freeze this soup and enjoy it whenever you don’t feel like cooking!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Close up of two bowls and a pot of split pea soup with carrots and celery.

Top view of bowls of split pea soup with carrots.

Split Pea Soup

David Sterkel
Let's get cozy with this delicious and filling Split Pea Soup! This hearty soup is budget-friendly and perfect for batch cooking!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400 kcal
METHOD Stove
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • 2 cups of split peas
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 vegetarian bouillon cubes or paste equiviilant
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot (with a lid) over medium heat, heat oil.
  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add split peas, water, and bouillon or paste, 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

This split pea soup is a perfect choice for meal-prep Sundays! You can make a double batch and enjoy it for a few days of the week. 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 25gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 572mgPotassium: 1122mgFiber: 27gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 3244IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 5mg
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About David Sterkel

Plant based foodie, running, cooking, trash TV- all things that describe me! I enjoy cooking quick and easy meals that are healthy and inexpensive. Happy reading!

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  1. Katie says

    5 stars
    I love this vegan split pea soup! It's super easy to make, affordable, and delicious. Perfect comfy soup for weekdays!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss! This split pea soup is something special!

  2. Holly says

    5 stars
    This soup is so simple and so satisfying! This was perfect on a rainy night!

    • Andrea White says

      Yess! Agreed. So comforting and delicious!

  3. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Loved this comforting bowl of split pea soup. Made a big batch so I'd have leftovers 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      So smart! This one is so leftover worthy! So good!

  4. Natalie says

    5 stars
    Made this soup for a family gathering, and everyone loved it. Even the kids, and some picky eaters. Delicious, thanks!

    • Andrea White says

      Love to hear it! It's a delicious one!

  5. Tina says

    5 stars
    Such a cozy soup recipe!!

    • Andrea White says

      Nothing like a bowl of soup to cozy up to!

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