Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe

Pea soup is a wholesome, high-protein, inexpensive meal that’s easy and quick to prepare. Like lentils, peas don’t need to be soaked overnight before cooking so they’re one of the easiest dry legumes to prepare. You can make a split pea soup on the stove in a large stock pot in about two hours. Here’s a pea soup recipe that’s similar to the one I made for last night’s dinner:

Simple Split Pea Soup


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely pressed
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 8 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 pound of dry green split peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)


Heat oil in a large stock pot and add onions, garlic and carrots. Saute until soft. Rinse the peas and remove any stones or other impurities. Add all other ingredients. Heat on high until you reach a boil. Reduce heat to medium or med-high and simmer for about an hour and a half or until peas are very soft (stir every 10 minutes or so). Use an immersion blender and chop up all the ingredients until soup is a consistent texture. Taste and add salt or pepper as desired. Serve with toasted French bread and a large green salad.

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6 Responses to Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe

  1. Kinda funny. One of the things all the instruction books say is do NOT use a pressure cooker for split peas! The peas can clog the holes and cause disaster. So I’d suggest doing this one with a regular pot next time! It may be that the bit of oil and other ingredients in your recipe helped to prevent clogging – and of course it doesn’t happen every time.

  2. By the way, I’m impressed by how much cooking you are doing! You must be feeling better.

  3. Eeek! I assumed it was OK because I found other nonvegan pea soup pressure cooker recipes. Guess I should have read the instructions more thoroughly. I will change the recipe so it no longer uses a pressure cooker.

  4. I was wrong! The newer pressure cookers can handle pea soup just fine. I still think the addition of a bit of oil is a good move to keep the valves from clogging up. See this article, for example:


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