Vegan Split Pea Soup – Plant-Based on a Budget

Looking for an easy, inexpensive recipe for a classic soup? This vegan split pea soup recipe goes together easily and cooks on the stovetop in about an hour. Most of the cooking is hands-off and you can easily make it ahead of time for meals throughout the week!

We will never get tired of our endless search for budget-friendly plant-based recipes. Having those easy, quick, and very inexpensive meals to turn to can be a tremendous help, so rest assured we’ll keep them coming! This Split Pea Soup is high up on that list so get ready to learn the ropes.

Cooking with dry split peas and other legumes is a great way to save money on meals., often cooking up into the same amount of 3-4 cans of beans at a fraction of the cost. The best place to buy them is at the bulk bin section of your local store. The veggies, herbs, and spices can be found at very convenient prices at most grocery stores.

If you love cooking with beans, you might also enjoy this Vegan MInestrone Soup, Vegan Pasta Primavera, and Turmeric Yellow Split Peas.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Budget-friendly: That’s what we’re all about here and this vegan split pea soup really delivers!
  • Simple ingredients: There’s no lengthy list of things you need to pick up at the store to make this recipe.
  • Comfort food classic: This vegan soup recipe is comfort food at its best. It has great flavor, creamy texture, and is extremely satisfying and filling.
  • Great flavor. This meal is so delicious while still using easy-to-find and low-cost ingredients. 

What is Split Pea Soup?

Split pea soup is a hearty, legume-based soup most commonly made with green split peas though yellow can be used as well. Not much is really needed to make a great-tasting vegan version of this soup since the split peas cook up naturally sweet and flavorful.

The soup cooks up into a creamy soup without needing blending thanks to the split peas which fall apart when cooked. It’s hearty enough for a main meal but makes a great side dish as well.

What Goes Into This Recipe

This recipe uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients you can grab on a quick trip to the grocery store.

ingredients for Vegan Split Pea Soup measured out against a white surface and cutting board
  • Vegetable oil: You can use any neutral vegetable oil.
  • Aromatics and veggies: The first layers of flavor start with yellow onion, fresh garlic, carrots, and celery.
  • Split peas: You can find dry split peas in just about any grocery store. 
  • Vegetarian bouillon cubes or paste: A quick way to add flavor to the soup, you can also use 6 cups vegetable broth instead and eliminate the water.

For the complete list of ingredients and quantities, check the recipe card further down on the page.

How To Make Split Pea Soup Vegan

  • 1) Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • 2) When hot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • 3) Add the split peas, water, and bouillon or broth and cover with the lid. Lower the heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. Then remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  • 4) When ready, season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Expert Tips 

  • Age of split peas. The older your bag of split peas, the longer they take to cook so if you find that after an hour of cooking, they still aren’t tender enough they may have been sitting around a bit and simply need to cook longer.
  • Speed up the cooking time: If you want your split peas to cook more quickly, you can soak them overnight before cooking. This generally reduces the cooking time considerably.
  • Season with salt after cooking. Split peas, like other legumes, cook more quickly in unsalted water. Be sure to add at the end to your tastes. I find split peas generally need a fairly generous amount of salt. 

FAQs

What spices go in split pea soup?

The slightly sweet, yet earthy flavor of split peas taste great when flavored with bay leaves, chili peppers or powder, chives, cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, oregano, smoked paprika, black pepper, rosemary, and turmeric.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

No, split peas do not need to be soaked prior to cooking. However, they can be soaked in advance of cooking which reduces the length of time they need to cook.

completed Vegan Split Pea Soup in a white bowl against a white surface

How to Serve

How to Store

  • Make ahead: This vegan split pea soup is a perfect choice for meal-prep Sundays! Make it ahead on the weekend or cook up a double batch and store it in the fridge or freezer to use for meals. If you’re afraid you’ll get bored of the same meal, do not fret. You can customize it every single time. You can add some cooked rice one day and some spicy cooked tofu the next.
  • Refrigerator: Allow the soup to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to five days. 
  • Freezer:  Use a well-sealed container for the freezer and store for up to three months.
  • Reheat: Return the vegan split pea soup to a pot or saucepan and heat over medium heat until heated through. The soup thickens considerably as it sits so you may need to add water or vegetable broth when reheating to thin it out.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Vegan Split Pea Soup in a white bowl against a white surface
completed Vegan Split Pea Soup in a white bowl against a white surface

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Toni Okamoto

Looking for an easy, inexpensive recipe for a classic soup? This vegan split pea soup recipe goes together easily and cooks on the stovetop in about an hour. Most of the cooking is hands-off and you can easily make it ahead of time for meals throughout the week!

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 55 mins

Course Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine American

Servings 6 servings

Calories 260 kcal

  • Heat oil in a large pot (with a lid) over medium heat.

  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add split peas, water, and Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon, cover with the lid, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes.

  • Serve garnished with salt and pepper.

  • Age of split peas. The older your bag of split peas, the longer they take to cook so if you find that after an hour of cooking, they still aren’t tender enough they may have been sitting around a bit and simply need to cook longer.
  • Speed up the cooking time: If you want your split peas to cook more quickly, you can soak them overnight before cooking. This generally reduces the cooking time considerably.
  • Season with salt after cooking. Split peas, like other legumes, cook more quickly in unsalted water. Be sure to add at the end to your own tastes. I find split peas to generally need a fairly generous amount of salt. 

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 17gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 69mgPotassium: 752mgFiber: 18gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2163IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 3mg

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