Vegetarian Split Pea Soup (Recipe)


A thick and hearty split pea soup without ham? I was skeptical at first, but this soup turned out hearty and flavorful. The beauty of this recipe is that only half of the soup is pureed. It’s not a pea smoothie, and it’s not a big, thick pea stew.

Split Pea Soup


  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 Large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 2 Cups dried split green peas, rinsed
  • juice and zest of 1/2 Lemon, divided
  • 2-3 Pinches smoked paprika

1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook onions in oil until soft. Season with salt Stir in peas, add 5 cups water, and turn the heat down to low. Simmer until the peas are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add half of the soup to a food processor or blend and puree until smooth. Pour back into the remaining soup and stir. If the soup is too thick, thin with a little water. Add lemon juice, a little at a time, to taste. Season with salt to taste.
2. Transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with paprika and lemon zest to taste, and drizzle a little olive oil over the soup. Serve at once.

Recipe Credit: 101 Cookbooks.

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Teresa W.
Teresa W.11 months ago

thank you

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni11 months ago


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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa1 years ago

Thank you

Dale O.

Split pea soup is always delicious, there are a variety of ingredients. This sort of soup is fabulous on cold winter days and evenings.

Aleisha D.
Aleisha D.1 years ago

thank you for sharing!

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado1 years ago

Sounds great-thx 4 the recipe!

Shivanie Singh
Shivanie Singh1 years ago

Wow! Thank you for sharing!

Donna Ferguson
Donna F.1 years ago

yum! ty

Jennifer C.
Past Member 1 years ago