[Vegetarian] Split Pea Soup

There were a few reasons why I had to make this soup.

1. Most versions I’ve seen have ham in them.

2. It’s (eventually) going to get cold around here, and I need lots of soup options.

3. This soup is so easy to make, and I can almost guarantee that you have everything in you fridge to make this.

[Vegetarian] Split Pea Soup
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Delicious and easy split pea soup!
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Soup
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • ⅓ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup dried split peas
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 drops liquid smoke (optional)
  1. I started by cooking the onions and garlic until the onions started getting soft and translucent.
  2. Then I added in the vegetable stock, water, carrots and split peas.
  3. If you want to add salt (depending on the broth you use, you may or may not want it) wait until the end, because it slows down the cooking process for the peas.
  4. If you have liquid smoke, adding a few drops give it an amazing dimension of flavor. But if you don't, it'll still be delicious!
  5. Let simmer for 30 minutes or until the peas are soft.
  6. You can leave it chunky or puree it a bit and it'll be a little creamier.

If you want more “authentic” split pea soup, you can use a hand blender (or a regular blender) and pulse for a few seconds. It’s good both ways. Trust me, I tried.

Split peas are also a great source of fiber and protein! I buy them in the bulk bins, so they’re also cheap. What more could you ask for?

If you like this soup, definitely check out this garlic lentil soupΒ which has a similar flavor.

I had this for dinner last night, and it’s coming with me to work today for lunch! I’m hoping the protein and fiber will power me through my last long run before the half marathon. I’ve got 11 miles planned for this evening. Gotta get it out of the way before the weekend shenanigans!

What’s your favorite kind of soup?


  1. I’ve never been much of a soup fan, however I can eat chicken noodle or pumpkin butter squash from time to time.

    Have a wonderful weekend xo

  2. I don’t know if I’ve ever made a soup with split peas – I think I’d love it! Do you think smoked paprika could be used in sub of the liquid smoke?

  3. Back when I used to eat meat, we often had split pea & ham soup, so I love seeing a sans ham alternative!

  4. Yum! I’ve been wanting to make split pea soup lately, but I have some lentils taking up space in my pantry, so I totally need to try that recipe.

    I love all soups! I just finished off my mom’s homemade, canned vegetable soup. Hopefully going to try a white bean soup from Oh She Glows within the next few days.

  5. Mmmm I forgot how much I love split pea soup. Butternut squash or spicy creamy tomato soup are my faves. Happy weekend, love! xoxo

  6. YUM! Homemade soups are perfect year round. And good luck on your run!!!

  7. Mmmm I love split pea soup. I think my favorite soup is anything like chicken tortilla or spicy black bean… πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  8. Yum, good recipe, Liz. You’re so right that most split-pea soups have ham in them. Can’t wait to try the meat-free version this winter.

  9. Alexia @ NamasteYoga says:

    i have a big pot of beans and veggies on the stove.. its a mixture between a soup, tagine and curry i suppose. i love soups, especially when lots os herbs and spices are in it! mhmm

  10. I really love cajun style soup with black beans and lots of spice… but really, anything is good. So perfect for the weather coming up.

  11. Looks perfect and easy and cheap! I’m a huge fan of lentil and squash soup this time of year…and I’m with you, the easier to prepare the better!

  12. I love soup in winter! It warms up the soul πŸ™‚ think I’ll make this next time I’m having soup – it looks so good and easy to make!

  13. This looks great! I’ve been looking for a split pea soup recipe and I actually have all these ingredients πŸ˜€ my favorite soup has got to be Tomato… love it lol

  14. Homemade Soup is the best! I can’t wait until it gets cold here too so can use it as my excuse to eat soup for dinner every night. Good Luck on the run! You are going to rock it!

  15. That looks SO good. I love split pea soup, but I feel like it gets a bad rap for some reason. Maybe because it’s often so ugly? Ugly food is DELICIOUS food, though. πŸ™‚

    I might have to investigate your lentil soup recipe for Meatless Monday A-Z this week!

  16. I could eat soup twice a day everyday and never get sick of it. Black bean, carrot and broccoli-potato are my absolute favorites. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  17. Looks delicious! I’m still trying to work on getting soup right in the crockpot.

  18. Soups are the best to make πŸ™‚ I love having leftovers so that I can take them with me to work! My favorite soup to make is homemade tomato soup or any soup involving sweet potatoes! πŸ˜€

  19. Debra Murphy says:

    Good Housekeeping”s Diet Soup. It’s great and only 45 calories a cup. I eat it almost every day.

  20. Oh my goodness liquid smokeeee! I can imagine the amazing flavor that adds, you’re genius!

  21. Ahh! There are some split peas in our pantry and they shall be consumed sooooon! πŸ™‚ LOVE split pea soup.

  22. Just added split peas to the grocery list πŸ™‚
    I love split pea soup and potato soup, not sure which one I love more!

  23. I love soup! I would have to go with my Dad’s homemade chicken soup as number one. Number 2 is tough but pulling out chili’s it would either be mushroom barley or squash soup!

  24. Split Pea is my favorite kind of soup. πŸ™‚ Btw, where can you buy liquid smoke??

  25. Warm soup is quite possibly my favorite thing about fall. I made a pumpkin soup today. Your split pea soup sounds delicious. I also like the idea of using lentils.

  26. I’m a huge fan of squash soup at the moment, this sounds lovely!

  27. This sounds great, Liz! I had a split pea soup recipe…which I can’t find… πŸ™ that used cumin to add the ham flavor. I also have a Barefoot Contessa recipe that you only have to switch chicken for vegetable broth. I’ve never tried liquid smoke. I’ll have to look for it. And you’re right…I have everything else I need! Thanks!

  28. Yum! I was going to make a big pot of chicken/rice soup today – had everything on hand but then discovered my bag of rice – opened last winter and not used since – had gone bad.

  29. That looks tasty…my wife may dig that more than I! (Shes the veggie of the house πŸ™‚

  30. I really like split pea soup and this sound so easy! Putting the recipe in my back pocket so to speak. The garlic lentil sounds so great too, those are two of my fave things and I do not eat enough lentils. I don’t cook with them at home and not enough restaurants have them! What is liquid smoke?!

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