Vegan Split Pea Soup

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Vegan Split Pea Soup

Simple and easy Vegan Split Pea Soup is so flavorful and hearty, perfect for cold nights but can be enjoyed all year. It is so economical, green split peas, carrots. potatoes, onion, garlic, cooked in vegetable broth.

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is a staple that my family enjoys all year round. You get to add lots of veggies with this comforting and hearty soup. When I’m stuck with what to prepare for dinner I love to make this recipe. I have even made my Instant Pot Split Pea Soup version and Yellow Split Pea Patties With Curry Sauce recipe.

easy to make vegan split pea soup

It is that time of year where it is not quite hot as yet and we are still having cold winterlike days. On these days, soups are my favorite go-to recipes. My Vegan Split Pea Soup is amazing, I make a big pot of soup so I have enough for leftovers.

No need to soak the split peas, for this recipe, you can use green or yellow split peas or even a combination of both. I used green split peas this time.

Split Pea Soup In A Bowl

How To Make Split Pea Soup

To make Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe, I saute onion, garlic, celery in oil until onion is soft. Stir in parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, and bay leaf, cook until fragrant. Add carrot, potatoes, split peas, vegetable broth, Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for an hour. Add salt to taste and green onion.

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 230 kcal / 961 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Carbs: 33 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • For:
  • 4 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic and celery until onion is soft.
  2. Stir in parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, and bay leaf, cook until fragrant.
  3. Add carrot, potatoes, split peas, vegetable broth. Cover pot, and bring to boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer for one hour. Discard bay leaf and add salt to taste. Serve in a bowl with green onions to garnish.


I have also made this soup in a slow cook, just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours. Enjoy!

split pea soup garnished with green onions and served with bread

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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. Kyla
    January 17, 2021

    I made this in my slow cooker and it was absolutely delicious!
    Thank you so much!

  2. alisa haitoff
    December 15, 2020

    I made this soup this morning and it was so simple to put together. I used yellow split peas cause that’s what I had. Girl, you knocked it out of the park with this recipe ! SO easy, delicious and hearty. The kitchen smelled so good as I was making it. I’ve made several of your recipes and LOVED them all so far! Love your Jamaican influenced recipes! Thanks for making healthy and simple recipes even non-cooks like me can handle, enjoy doing and LOVE eating! If possible please share any nutritional information, i.e. calories per serving and if this soup can be frozen. Either way THANKS! Have great holidays. Stay safe and be well!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 15, 2020

      Alisa, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Definitely one of my favorite recipes. Yes you can definitely cool it, place in freezer bags and lay flat, store in the freezer it for up to 6 months.

  3. Esther
    October 23, 2020

    Our family loved your recipe 😋

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 23, 2020

      Esther that is wonderful, I’m happy you and your family enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  4. DJ
    June 5, 2020

    Love this recipe! Great blog, too.

  5. Audrey
    November 2, 2019

    This soup is amazing! I used a white sweet potato and organic low sodium vegetable broth. I didn’t add the green onion or salt at the end. My husband and I loved it! This is a keeper recipe that will be made many more times!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 2, 2019

      Audrey, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, thank you for sharing your feedback and adjustments.

  6. Susan
    October 27, 2019

    Can’t believe how good this soup is. I live in Florida and although it is 80 degrees outside, it is a stormy day. I have several days worth of left over soup which I will freeze for the next cozy day.
    PS. Never thought of putting a potato into pea soup but it is terrific.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 27, 2019

      Susan, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I live in Florida as well and love soup all year round, lol. Thank you for leaving your feedback.

  7. Lisa
    July 18, 2019

    I made this the other day even though it’s supposed to be summer in the Pacific NW. It is so….good. I’ve been eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes soup for breakfast. I added some black beans, corn and a bit of curry. Thinking about pan frying some Beyond Brats and adding those to the mix. Thank you!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 18, 2019

      Lisa, I’m so happy you are enjoying it, I eat soup for breakfast as well, after all, it tastes better the next day. The Beyond Brats are amazing!

  8. Valerie
    May 15, 2016

    My daughter and I made it yesterday and it turned out great! We love it -and it’s healthy! ?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 15, 2016

      That’s awesome, thank Valerie for your feedback. I’m so happy you both loved it!

      • Candice
        January 12, 2018

        VERY nice pea soup,.. THANK YOU!

        • Michelle Blackwood
          January 12, 2018

          You are welcome Candice!

  9. familyhomerecipesru
    January 16, 2016

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe, I think the dish turned out just delicious, decoration is great, definitely try to cook.

  10. Sally
    January 15, 2016

    Planning to make this soup this week. How many servings does this yield (trying to decide if I need to double the recipe for my family of 6)?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 15, 2016

      You shouldn’t need to double this recipe. It is enough to serve about 8 people. Enjoy!

      • Sally
        January 19, 2016

        Great! Thanks! Making tonight, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  11. Sina @ Vegan Heaven
    September 9, 2015

    I can’t even remember the last time I had split pea soup! I can’t wait to try your recipes. It looks super delicious! :-)

    • kimberly
      July 11, 2019

      I made this soup tonight for dinner. It was fabulous. Thank you.

  12. Mel @
    September 8, 2015

    That is one delicious looking bowl of soup! And you can cook it in a slow cooker too…bonus! Perfect for busy week days.

  13. Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen
    September 8, 2015

    Love the recipe! And I must add, LOVE the bowl! So rustic! Goes great with the soup for a fantastic and super appetizing recipe!

    • Barb
      February 29, 2020

      Looking forward to making this tomorrow – looks great! If I’m going to throw it into a slow cooker, do I need to sauté the onions, etc. before adding to the cooker? Or can I just put it in there raw? Thanks!

  14. The Vegan 8
    September 8, 2015

    I love soup so much! Practically could live off soup alone, including this one! It’s gorgeous and I love the added oregano and basil…nice touch!!

  15. Howie Fox
    September 8, 2015

    Yes, I feel summer is gone for good now, so it’s probably time to get some awesome comfy soups on the stove again. This one definitely looks pretty good!! :D

  16. Linda @ Veganosity
    September 8, 2015

    I love split pea soup. This looks so cozy and inviting.

  17. Sophia @veggies dont bite
    September 6, 2015

    I love split pea soup! I’m so excited for fall and all the yummy soups!

  18. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    September 6, 2015

    This may be the most glorious split pea recipe I’ve seen yet! My idea of real comfort food! oxox

  19. Jenn
    September 6, 2015

    Split pea soup is one of my favorites! It’s so creamy and cozy!

  20. Alicia Garcia
    June 7, 2015

    That soup it looks so delicious and like you said its easy to cook. Love it

    • Mark Royer
      October 15, 2019

      Michelle! I LOVE YOU!!! My wife and I were going for a walk this morning and she inquired about lunch (I am a retired contractor and my wife is a opera singer and University professor so I take care of the house). It was about 35° this morning so I thought about soup and cornbread and remembered that I have a jar full of split peas at the same time remembering that split pea soup is my wife’s favorite. I typed in “vegan split pea soup” on Google and this recipe popped up with 4 others. This stuff is amazing! So simple, quick and delicious! I had all vegetables except for potatoes but added broccoli. I let it simmer for about 2 hours and in the meantime made an iron skillet of cornbread. DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

      • Michelle Blackwood
        October 15, 2019

        Mark, you are such a blessing to your wife. I love when a man cooks. Let your wife know that she is special and so are you. I’m so happy you decided to try my recipe and you loved it, I hope your wife enjoys it too. Thank you for sharing your inspiring comment.

  21. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    June 3, 2015

    After the week I’ve had, soup is definitely what I need. This sounds like the perfect soup for bundling up on the couch. Love that I almost have all the ingredients on hand to make it, too!

  22. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    June 1, 2015

    This looks so good, Michelle! I just love split pea soup! I see that you’re from Ohio (I am, too – Akron!). My mom still lives there, and she had the heat on today! Ugh! Your soup would be the perfect solution :)

  23. nibbles by nic
    June 1, 2015

    Wow, that is one stunning soup! I bet it tastes even better!!!

  24. Catherine (@LivingtheGourmet)
    June 1, 2015

    Dear Michelle, I am tempted to make a big pot of this soup today. There is a bit a chill in the air believe it or not…a perfect day to make soup. This looks wonderful dear. xo, Catherine

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 1, 2015

      That’s great Catherine, here in Ohio we had to put the heater on this morning!

  25. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 1, 2015

    Such a classic hearty soup! Always can make a soul feel good!

  26. Florian @ContentednessCooking
    June 1, 2015

    Lovely combination, I’ll have to try these!