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Oh, Split Pea Soup!  How I adore thee!  The fact that you’re a Vegetarian Split Pea Soup is even better, because I can finally put to rest the notion that Split Pea Soup isn’t Split Pea Soup at all without bacon or ham.  To you, dear ham and/or bacon lover, I say, whatever!  This vegetarian version of your beloved split pea soup will have you thinking otherwise; trust me!

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Before you start sending me hate mail, rest assured that I would never turn down ham or bacon – never!  But, when making a pot of soup in our home, nary a meat product must come in contact with it for fear that the two vegetarians I live with might hatch a vicious plan to convert me to vegetarianism.  Or worse, refuse to wash the dishes!  (Yep, I cook; they clean!)

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Whenever I think of Split Pea Soup, my mom’s soup comes to mind.  She, mind you, used to make it with ham and there would always be dumplings floating in the pot.  I was never a fan of dumplings in any shape or form, but her soup was mightily delicious.

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Four years ago, before I began to adapt to cooking vegetarian dishes at home, John.e would get his Split Pea Soup fix from a jar at the grocery store.  I would watch him crack open the lid and spoon the stuff into a sauce pan in gelatinous lumps.  Why does cold Split Pea Soup do that?  Anyway, I made it my mission to prevent him from spending $8 on a jar of soup when, clearly, I could make a huge pot of it for about the same price.

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You see, Dear Reader, this recipe has very cheap ingredients, but the flavour is rich beyond price.  Does that sound corny?  Well, I can’t find the words to describe how delicious this soup really tastes.  I guess you’ll have to just take my word for it and try it for yourself. 

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Look at those pictures though!  Can you believe that’s the result of a few carrots, some celery, potatoes, onions, and dried yellow split peas?  I almost can’t believe it either.  But, as you can see from the ingredient list below, pictures don’t lie.  Now, get cooking!

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
60 hr 15 min
Total Time
60 hr 35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
60 hr 15 min
Total Time
60 hr 35 min
271 calories
47 g
0 g
4 g
14 g
1 g
405 g
662 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
405g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 662mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 15g
59%
Sugars 8g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
100%
Vitamin C
13%
Calcium
6%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 cup chopped celery
  4. 2 cups chopped carrot
  5. 2 cups dried yellow split peas
  6. 3 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  7. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 4 cups vegetable stock
  9. 4 cups water
  10. 3 bay leaves
  11. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  12. ½ teaspoon salt
  13. ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a stock pot, over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions, carrot, and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the split peas and turmeric, stir into the vegetable mixture, and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and water, along with the salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Cover and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the split peas from settling to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add the potatoes and stir to combine. Cover and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir the soup and check the liquid level. At this point, the potatoes should be starting to soften, and the peas should be nearly dissolved. Add one cup of water if the peas are not nearly dissolved.
  7. Cover and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Check the potatoes for doneness again. Add another cup of water if needed. If not, cover and continue to cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
  8. Once the potatoes are cooked, remove the lid and turn off the heat. Stir the soup well, and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
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calories
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fat
4g
protein
14g
carbs
47g
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  1. I’m sure it’s difficult to make split pea soup look beautiful, but you definitely done it here! This looks incredibly tasty and comforting!

    1. Do yourself a favour and try it without adding in any pork product at all. It’s quite delicious!

  2. I LOVE split pea soup, and also refuse to buy it at the store canned or jarred. It’s not as good, and split peas are so ridiculously cheap. I have a huge bag in my cabinet right now! And I never put ham or bacon in it- I’m totally with you on this one! (Especially since I don’t eat ham or bacon! haha)

  3. …and this was soooo much better than that soup in a jar (though it was nice to collect the mason jars).

    1. Ha! Thanks, John.e You know, I’ve since moved those mason jars to recycling, right? 😉

  4. Yes! I love a vegetarian soup, and vegetarian split pea soup is a great idea! It looks really creamy and I bet it would be a great dinner with some nice, crusty bread.

  5. I’ve never made split pea soup before but definitely loving the look of this. Especially since I don’t eat ham or bacon or meat at all. Haha! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make it but you have me wanting to try this soon! Pinning 🙂

  6. I’m not sure I’d bring meat into the house knowing I’d have to cook and clean. I rarely purchase soups in a can, they are FILLED with so much sodium my blood pressure rises just thinking of it. With or without the meat, this soup looks hearty and I can’t wait to give it a try…maybe with a little bacon on top 😉

    1. Haha – thank you, Amy. I think soup should be meat-free too. With the right seasonings, soup doesn’t need meat to make it taste good.

  7. Even if I am not vegetarian, I won’t have trouble eating a bowlful (or two!!) of this thick and creamy-licious Split pea soup! Besides, you added turmeric which is a super food for me so this is certainly a winner in my book!

  8. Such a perfect, comforting soup! Although I love peas and try to include them in a lot of dishes I am making, never thought of making split pea soup 🙂 Cannot wait to give it a try!

    1. Oh, I grew up on split pea soup and even split pea pudding – that reminds me, I should make that soon!

  9. I make pea soup both with and without meat – and without more often, really, just because I’m not going to wait until we eat a ham before making pea soup! And I use the yellow peas, too… pretty much the one foodway my grandmother picked up from the Norwegian side of her family.

    Turmeric is a new one for me, though. It certainly brightens the color – now I”m curious to see what it will do for the flavor!

    1. I find turmeric to have a very warm flavour profile. And, yes, it does certainly pop the colour!

  10. Dried beans and lentils are so affordable to buy and I hate the canned soups. The soups looks so creamy and comforting that I want to ease into my couch with a bowl. I have never added potatoes in my soup. I should try to add them to make it extra creamy and filling.

  11. Oh I love the look of this soup Byron, with or without meat! I have all the ingredients in at the mo so once I’ve finished my latest soup (spinach and parsnip) I will definitely give this a try 😀

    1. Thank you! Don’t you just love it when you already have all of the ingredients? 🙂

  12. Challenge: Accepted.
    I’m going to try your version and see if I love it as much as the one that includes bacon. I’m certain that it’s a contender, based on the pics and the recipe! As always – you’re challenging my thinking.

    1. Thank you! I consider that a huge compliment coming from you. 🙂 I’m thinking about making your banana cheesecake this weekend. Looks scrumptious!

  13. Ha, I love the fear that you’ll have to wash your own dishes if you cook with bacon! I will admit that split pea soup is one of the rare things I’ve always assumed I won’t like, but haven’t actually tried in YEARS. I think some of my anti-split pea soup stance is because I was a vegetarian for 15 years and I always saw it made with ham. Time to give it a try!

    1. I loathe washing dishes – I really do! You gotta try this soup – John.e has been a vegetarian for about 25 years now and he swears it’s the best soup he’s ever had!

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