Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe
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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

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Even the pickiest pea soup lover will request this time and again. Thick and well-seasoned, it packs a nutritional punch, plus plenty of fiber and protein. It's wonderful with a slice of crusty French bread. —Michele Doucette, Stephenville, Newfoundland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:7 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 204 calories, 1 g fat (0.55 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1047 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 13 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add salt and pepper; simmer 10 minutes longer. Cool slightly. In small batches, puree soup in a blender; return to the pan. Heat for 5 minutes. Garnish with shredded carrots and green onions. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Vegetarian Split Pea Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2004, p61

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016 Edited Feb. 12, 2016

"GREAT FLAVOR & an inexpensive meal when on a budget! I used chicken boullion instead of vegetable broth because that's what I had, I also added 1 Bay Leaf & 1 Tablespoon of Great Value Brand (Wal-*art) imitation bacon bits and it was delicious! -Husband didn't even notice That there was no ham in it! When the imitation bacon bits cook, they puff up & look like meat! I served it with homemade cornbread and a salad.

Tip: If you don't have Majoram, you can substitute dried Oregano which is in the same family as Majorem - just use slightly less.
-Wonderful recipe. Thank you."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"I add a little clove powder to give it the illusion of having ham flavor!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"Excellent recipe. I added more salt and only pureed half to keep some vegetables intact. Delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"My dad - a meat lover - said this was the best split pea soup he's ever had. We normally used a ham hock to make split pea soup, but have moved away from meat. I was afraid he'd miss it, but he didn't. I followed the recipe for the most part, but upped the garlic cloves to five, and actually sprinkled some garlic powder in at the end. I also used Braggs Liquid Amino Acids instead of salt to get a slightly heartier/meatier flavor. This was a super easy recipe that the whole family really loved."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"I have honestly never made or eaten pea soup in my life. I made this on a whim thinking I should really try to like peas and oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS SOUP! I made only two little changes - used 4 cups of veggie broth and the rest water and added a few drops of liquid smoke. As a vegan, I find it hard to find recipes my meat-eating husband will enjoy, but he loved this one too. AWESOME. Will be making this regularly!"

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