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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

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 YIELD:7 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 204 calories, 1g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1047mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 13g fiber), 14g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable

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K9DOGLOVER
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."

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mpseashell
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

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

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Chester225
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

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

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kjacobsen04
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."

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veggiej
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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nadoja
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"Delicious! I did not have any vegetable broth, so I used 6 cups of water and used an entire head of minced garlic (which is great as a low sodium option). I added 1/4 tsp of liquid smoke to the soup prior to blending it. That little bit of liquid smoke goes a long way, and gave this soup that smoky ham flavor.

I personally would skip the blending step and eat it as is, but my 5 year old prefers the creamy texture."

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susan323
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Delicious! .... I followed the recipe but I skipped the blender part .... so easy even I couldn't screw it up .... btw ..... 1 cup serving should be about 4 WW points ....."

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davidcrabs
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"I just want to say OMG this soup is so GOOD. I didn't even add the pepper and salt. Thanks so much !"

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KarisAnn
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"I made this soup exactly as written and both my husband and I loved it. He's a meat eater and typically adds ham, but said it wasn't needed with this soup."

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jodiomomo4
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Absolutely the best split pea soup. Normally I add ham or bacon to get extra flavor, but with this recipe you don't need to. I love it!! Kids love it!! Two thumbs up!!"

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tx_nan
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"This is incredibly easy and tasty. I've been looking for a go-to split pea soup recipe. And I've finally found it! Thanks!"

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Mariamermaid
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Yum! Very good and flavorful! I only blended half of the soup for a more hearty texture. Will try adding some veggie bacon next time too. Will make again forsure."

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Michelledaigle
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"OMG. This was terrific and a keeper. Thank you so much for posting...I omitted the salt,hubby can't have it. But neither of us cared it was so good."

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kcsings2much
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Didn't add any additional salt and it was fantastic!"

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melli4te
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Fantastic soup, but as a FORMER sufferer of high blood pressure, I skipped the gram of sodium per serving by using water instead of commercial veggie broth. To my palate there was no lack of flavor."

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dccookin
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"This was really good! I've never had split pea soup before, but I think I'm a new fan. I love how much veggie goodness is packed in here."

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Pinkcleo
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"This is just as good as any pea soup I've had out and I will make this again. I made my own broth to use because I didn't want the sodium laden store bought and I don't like the taste anyway. I didn't use cumin either, but I did give it a SLIGHT, splash of liquid smoke to mimic the smoky flavor of a ham bone. The last batch I didn't puree, just to give it some substance. Enjoying now, yum!"

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Twinkelberry
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Great soup that doesn't require meat at all. My 26 year old son loves it with a grilled cheese sandwich alongside! I did make some changes from the original recipe. I have made this soup twice. I did not do the blender thing. It's really not necessary. Using 3 qts. veg broth. Soup was too thick last time.2 1/2 cups peas8 medium small carrots4 large cloves garlic (never too much garlic!)1 lg bay leaffresh thymeNo marjoram, basil, celery, or cumin only b/c I don't have these things. I do have cumin but I don't want it to taste Mexican. I used thyme because it's in the garden and other reviewers used it. I used bay because others did and I had some. The soup turned out terrific!This soup will foam will bringing it to a boil. It isn't a problem.All ingredients are organic. Broth is Whole Foods 365 organic vegetable broth. This time I used 2-1 1/2 qt. containers because the price is better on this larger size box. Do NOT salt until the end. The broth has salt in it. Wait until the end and salt to taste. I think a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt as a garnish would be deluxe!"

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azannia
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"Really super recipe, easy and delicious. I did not need to puree the soup, everything just fell apart into thick deliciousness with occasional beautiful chunks of carrot (I used red and orange carrots and it's just beautiful). I did not add salt. It did not need more because of high salt that was already in the bouillon (Organic Gourmet). Very pleased. This recipe is now my go to for pea soup. Thanks!"

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eliebeck
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Wholeheartedly agree with all others: a truly tasty recipe whether you're health conscious or not. My updates to the base recipe: substituted a teaspoon of Penzey's chicken base for the salt to boost flavor without more sodium and added about a quarter cup of half and half for richness -- though it really doesn't need it. :)"

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GreenBayMom
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I am not a lover of pea soup, but the hubby was craving it so I decided to give this one a shot. Fantastic. I used Imagine brand vegetable broth and followed the recipe pretty much exactly. The amount of salt was perfect for me. Kids and hubby gave it a thumbs up."

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mommalucas72
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I used Kitchen Basics unsalted Vegetable Broth to have a little more control of the Sodium content"

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Joanmrd
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious! I used one packet of MBT vegetable bouillon and omitted the salt. Sill tasted a bit salty, but that is likely because I don't use salt, and I use few processed foods. I also added one or two ounces of V-8 juice, as suggested in another post."

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Joanmrd
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious! I used one packet of MBT vegetable bouillon and omitted the salt. Sill tasted a bit salty, but that is likely because I don't use salt, and I use few processed foods. I also added an oz or two of V-8 juice, as suggested in another post."

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Joanmrd
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious! I used one packet of MBT vegetable bouillon and omitted the salt. Sill tasted a bit salty, but that is likely because I don't use salt, and I use few processed foods. I also added an ounce or two of V-8 juice, as suggested in another post."

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Joanmrd
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious! I used one packet of MBT vegetable bouillon and omitted the salt. Sill tasted a bit salty, but that is likely because I don't use salt, and I use few processed foods. I also added an ounce or two of V-8 juice, as suggested in another post because I had some on hand."

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Joanmrd
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious! I used one packet of MBT vegetable bouillon and omitted the salt. Sill tasted a bit salty, but that is likely because I don't use salt, and I use few processed foods."

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wrigleyy
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"i used the slow cooker rather than the stove top .."

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wrigleyy
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"i substituted a small can of low sodium v8 tomato juice, for the broth ... and i used three chicken bouillion cubes, also low sodium .... very tasty and nutritous!"

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eharel
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"I would absolutely make this soup again. It's one of the best recipes I've tried!"

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Norawk
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Made it exactly as the recipe stated, and it was absolutely delicious. I'm happy with all of the nutritional info but the sodium -- seems like a lot! I'm guessing it's from the veggie stock -- I'll have to explore other options next time."

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poluwave
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I love vegetarian split pea soup and this was an excellent seasoning blend. I had a cold, so I decided to kick it up a notch by adding 1 extra large clove of garlic, 2 bay leaves, and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper. If you don't have vegetable bouillon cubes for the broth, chicken broth works well too. I also used a food processor to dice all of the vegetables in very small bits. This eliminated the step for cooling and using a blender. So after skipping that step, I added the salt/pepper as intended and let it simmer for an additional 20 minutes. It was perfect! Happy cooking!"

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love2beMom
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"Incredible recipe! I've never been a pea soup fan, but I can't stop eating this one! :) I actually used dried lentils, and oregano in place of the marjarom, added 2 pinches of sugar, a little more garlic & chicken bouillon/water instead of the vegetable broth. Yum-yum! :)"

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femalemech
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"Quick and easy. We were fasting and this was perfect. Very filling. Everyone really enyjoyed this creamy soup. We will continue to make this soup after the fasting.

Nilda Garcia
Hollywood, FL"

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kunkovic
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This was delicious! My husband and I loved it. I added some crumbled, crispy turkey bacon on top. Veggie stripples (bacon) would be yummy too."

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mousebandit
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This will be a standby recipe for us!"

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wernergambill@msn.com
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"very good, even my non-vegetarian step-dad & sister liked it"

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