Red Peas Soup

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This hearty Red Peas Soup recipe is so flavorful and comforting and warming. It is perfect for chilly evenings. Red beans cooked in a flavorful herb infused coconut broth with potato, carrots, yam, and dumplings. 

Red Peas Soup


Easy Jamaican Red Peas Soup

What Is Red Peas Soup?

This is my vegan and gluten-free version of Jamaican red peas soup. Red peas soup is traditionally cooked with salt beef, salted pig’s tail, or chicken feet. Like my Jamaican Stew Peas, this red pea soup has lots of flavors that you won’t even miss the meat.

To boost the flavor, I added 2 vegetable bouillon cubes, you can substitute with your favorite bouillon cube or chicken-style seasoning or leave it out and just flavor with salt.

Traditionally we add a Scotch bonnet pepper, this pepper can be found in West Indian supermarkets or you can substitute with cayenne pepper.

rod peas soup being soaked in water for red peas soup

How To Make Red Peas Soup?

  1. Sort beans and soak beans in a large pot or bowl of cold water overnight or for 8 hours. The following morning discard water and rinse beans.
  2. Add 10 cups of water and bring to boil on medium-high in a large pot, reduce heat to simmer, and cook beans until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. 
  3. Add chopped onion, garlic, green onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes, yam, dumplings, coconut milk, allspice, vegetable bouillon, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
  4. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes.
  5. Discard Scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

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How To Make Red Peas Soup Thick?

To make your soup thick, you can either cook the soup for longer until it thickens, You can also remove a cup of soup with beans and potato, using a handheld to process until thick, stir into the remaining soup and stir.

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 257 kcal / 1074 kJ
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbs: 37 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 50 min
  • For:
  • 8 Servings


For The Soup



For The Soup

  1. Sort and wash beans, soak in cold water overnight in a large pot or bowl for at least 8 hours.
  2. The following day, discard water and rinse beans, place them in a large saucepan with 10 cups of water and bring to boil, lower heat to simmer until tender for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Add chopped onion, garlic, green onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes, yam, dumplings, coconut milk, allspice, vegetable bouillon, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
  4. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes. Discard Scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

For The Dumplings

  1. Place flour and salt in a bowl. Add water and mix to make a stiff dough. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into the palm of hands to make long thin dumplings. Drop into simmering stew.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Doreen
    January 12, 2021

    Made this for dinner tonight. Pureed all the beans before adding the rest of the veggies–husband HATES beans. He was skeptical of the ingredients, but ended up enjoying seconds. Yummy, hearty soup on a cold winter night. Thank you for another great recipe!

  2. Roberta
    December 13, 2020

    Even though the recipe says feeds 8, I will make more next time. We made some rice to serve it over so it would go further. Everyone raved about this soup…and they were all meat-eaters (I’m the only vegan in the family). And one of the diners is Jamaican! She was really impressed, but she also told me some variations I might like to try, i.e. using coconut milk instead of water in the dumplings and adding a pinch of sugar. And adding banana (plantain) as one of the veggies.
    I cook a vegan meal every Sat. for my daughter and her family and when she asks for the recipe, I know it’s a winner and a keeper!!! Thanks, Michelle

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 13, 2020

      Roberta, I’m so happy everyone loved it. That’s awesome. I had some yesterday with the green plantain added and my hubby didn’t care for it. I had extra green plantain after making plantain fritters which were excellent (please check the recipe out on my home page). I hope you will try more of my soup recipes. Blessing!

  3. Toya
    October 12, 2020

    Hi Michelle,
    I made this recipe over the weekend and I must say, there was no left overs. I did add some sweet potatoes and thinly sliced corn and my scotch bonnet popped but It was delicious and flavorful. I will definitely be making this again especially with winter approaching. I can’t wait to try more of your vegan dishes.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 12, 2020

      Toya, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I love how you added sweet potato and corn, yummy. Oops, I’m sorry the pepper popped.

  4. Anthony
    October 4, 2020

    Thank you, Michelle. Another delicious recipe.

  5. Denise
    October 4, 2020

    Hi Michelle, what is/are pimento berries? I haven’t made this yet, but am trying to see if I have the ingredients on hand. It does sound good and hearty, altho I will probably make it without the dumplings. Also wondering as the directions mention allspice but I don’t see that listed in the ingredients. Thank you.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 4, 2020

      Denise pimento is allspice. It is an optional ingredient. I hope you enjoy it, it is one of my most popular recipes.

  6. Ree
    August 30, 2020

    Thank you for this recipe! If using canned red beans, do you still use the measurements of water (10 cups, simmered for 45-60 mins)?

  7. Rachel
    June 17, 2020

    Hi Michelle. I’m so glad I discovered your website! My mom is from Jamaica so I grew up eating many of these dishes. I recently switched to a vegan diet so I am happy to find your vegan versions of these Jamaican classics. I just made the red peas soup and it was delicious. The coconut milk gives a rich flavor. My kids loved it and helped themselves to a second serving. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 17, 2020

      Rachel, I’m so happy you found my website and my recipes bring back memories of your mom’s cooking. That’s awesome that your kids loved it too. Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

  8. Elina
    May 23, 2020

    Delicious! Easy recipe and so heart warming good. I used canned red peas and canned coconut milk so the soup came out light pinkish so I added little bit of browning to make it look right. Thank you, I will definetly try more of your recipes!

  9. Linda
    March 21, 2020

    If you substitute the dried red kidney for canned red kidney, do you still have to soak the beans for 8 hours?

  10. Marcia Green
    February 6, 2020

    Great soup!

  11. ShaunaHillary
    February 5, 2020

    Made my first red peas soup. Followed your recipe to the T! I added tofu. My fam says it was delicious . Normally I am buying it from Jamaican restaurant or my aunt makes it now I will be making my own!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      February 5, 2020

      That’s awesome Shauna, I’m so proud of you. I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed it and now you can surprise your aunt with it.

  12. carole pipolo
    January 23, 2020

    Michelle, This soup was absolutely delicious. Going to make this again.

  13. Liz
    December 28, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your recipes.They look and sound yummy.

  14. Eva Bermudez
    November 12, 2019

    All those recipes are 😋 yummy

  15. Natalie
    November 8, 2019

    I followed your recipe to a tee but it came out watery. And the soup was not dark, most likely due to not using dark red kidney beans. Did you blend your soup?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 8, 2019

      Natalie, when the soup is watery and not to your liking all you do is cook it for longer until it’s at the consistency you like. My husband loves his soup watery and I like it thick. Yes, I prefer to use dark red kidney beans but it really doesn’t matter, they taste the same.

  16. Cee-cee
    January 20, 2019

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Jennifer
    December 14, 2018

    Can I substitute the flour in the dumplings with regular flour?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 14, 2018

      Yes we can, start by slowly adding the water until a dough ball is formed, you might need more or less.