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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup (Recipe)

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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:46AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

thank you

12:32AM PST on Dec 28, 2014


12:31AM PST on Dec 28, 2014


3:05AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Thank you

6:13AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

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

12:50AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

thank you for sharing!

4:09AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Sounds great-thx 4 the recipe!

1:45AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Wow! Thank you for sharing!

10:34AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

yum! ty

6:10AM PST on Dec 27, 2013


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