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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


  • 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


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

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Elizabeth User ID: 9233561 271613
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2017

"Excellent recipe! I added a bay leaf. The family loved it!"

Michele User ID: 9152586 267997
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2017

"This was a delicious recipe, hearty and full of flavor! As others have stated, there's no need for a blender; the ingredients break down nicely on their own. If you want a smoother consistency, an immersion blender would be a safer, easier way to accomplish that. I do want to note that I only got 5 servings from the recipe, not 7. Perhaps it would feed 7 as a first course, but we had this as a main meal with whole grain baguettes alongside. Very good recipe overall, and I so appreciate Taste of Home providing some vegan offerings!"

librarywiz User ID: 1501779 266307
Reviewed May. 24, 2017

"Is the soup supposed to look brown rather than green? This was my first time using vegetable broth."

StephKay User ID: 7293277 260440
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"This soup was AMAZING! I didn't have marjoram on hand so I used dried oregano (K9DOGLOVER: thanks for the suggestion). Besides that, I didn't make any otherl changes. This was my first time making split pea soup and it was a hit. The ingredients were simple and the flavour was delightful. A bowl of this soup on a cold, winter Saturday afternoon is exactly what I was looking for. I'll be making a pot of this next week. This recipe deserves ten stars!"

K9DOGLOVER User ID: 4427922 243660
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."

mpseashell User ID: 8233521 242727
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

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

Chester225 User ID: 8702291 241988
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

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

kjacobsen04 User ID: 8693583 241581
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."

veggiej User ID: 8657180 239128
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!"

nadoja User ID: 8576574 235112
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."

susan323 User ID: 8240434 219392
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 ....."

davidcrabs User ID: 8212715 217863
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 !"

KarisAnn User ID: 6548036 215366
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."

jodiomomo4 User ID: 8111954 138408
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!!"

tx_nan User ID: 8034407 56429
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!"

Mariamermaid User ID: 7989528 67183
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."

Michelledaigle User ID: 7916713 77374
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."

kcsings2much User ID: 2164081 53466
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

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

melli4te User ID: 7775014 91136
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."

dccookin User ID: 7162688 56428
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."

Pinkcleo User ID: 7725208 67182
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!"

Twinkelberry User ID: 7659816 106162
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!"

azannia User ID: 7655667 67181
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!"

eliebeck User ID: 7478115 53465
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. :)"

GreenBayMom User ID: 7476243 134985
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."

mommalucas72 User ID: 7469824 138406
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

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

Joanmrd User ID: 7385960 138397
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."

Joanmrd User ID: 7385960 138395
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."

Joanmrd User ID: 7385960 56427
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."

Joanmrd User ID: 7385960 67180
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."

Joanmrd User ID: 7385960 131097
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."

wrigleyy User ID: 7290503 90661
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

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

wrigleyy User ID: 7290503 57288
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!"

eharel User ID: 6699001 56424
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

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

Norawk User ID: 7079408 131094
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."

poluwave User ID: 6944362 51450
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!"

love2beMom User ID: 5558560 91134
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! :)"

femalemech User ID: 3755287 90659
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"

kunkovic User ID: 5191081 77364
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."

mousebandit User ID: 1539757 56423
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This will be a standby recipe for us!"

[email protected] User ID: 1702367 205849
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

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

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