Ultra creamy vegan split pea soup. This richly flavored soup is hearty and satisfying and makes a delicious plant-based appetizer.
Are you surprised that this vegan split pea soup is yellow? Did you think it should be green?
I did! I kind of had the idea that I would have a bright green soup if I made any kind of soup with the word ‘pea’ in the title!
Turns out I was wrong. I made this soup with yellow split peas and with green split peas and either way the soup turns out yellow.
And basically – from what I could find out – there isn’t any major difference between yellow split peas and green split peas so you can use either/or and the soup you get will be yellow either way.
I had it in mind that it would be rather nice if this soup turned out green. After all, the yellow/orange colored soups are so common. I have multiple soup recipes on this blog already and so many of them fall into this category.
I mean even my vegan potato soup is orange (due to the carrots – but oh wow sooo good!). And you definitely can’t expect anything other than orange when you make a vegan butternut squash soup or a vegan carrot soup can you?
It wasn’t until I made a straight up vegan pea soup (not split pea soup, just pea soup) made from frozen peas that I got my green colored soup. And what a bright green color it is too. And I also made a vegan zucchini soup. Yay for the green soups!
But enough about that, let’s get back to the matter at hand which is this delicious vegan split pea soup. It’s in a league of its own. It has a distinct flavor.
Yes – it tastes like peas, but in the best possible way.
How to make vegan split pea soup
Cooking this vegan split pea soup is super easy. You’ll find full instructions in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick outline with some extra tips.
After sautéing the onions and garlic in some olive oil, you just throw in the dried split peas, potatoes and carrots in along with some vegetable stock and leave it to cook for around 45 minutes.
You’re in absolutely no doubt that it’s cooked when it’s cooked though, it looks like the pre-blended pic above. It actually looks like a chunky stew! And you can eat it just like that if you want. But I wanted a super smooth soup.
It’s actually ridiculously thick once it’s finished cooking, and after blending you might think you’re good to go, but as it cools it will just thicken more, which is why I added in a can of coconut milk, both to add more creaminess and flavor but also to get the right consistency. Which by the way is still a thick soup.
Appetizer or Main?
It is so filling you can easily have it as a main course. In fact I would recommend it!
We tend to see soups as appetizers and of course you can go ahead and have it as an appetizer if you like, but I think you’ll skip your main course if you do. It is just so filling.
Also, since it is so high in protein, it really is a fully balanced meal on its own.
This recipe makes a big pot of soup. I like to go large where I can, then I have dinner covered for the next day too. Why not?
This soup keeps well and you can just reheat it the next evening. Or you can take it to work and heat it in the microwave for lunch.
I think you are going to love this vegan split pea soup! It is:
- Ultra Creamy
- Deliciously Smooth
- Richly Flavored
- Hearty and Satisfying
- High in protein and fiber
Keep leftovers in the fridge and reheat the next day.
More vegan soups!
- If you like the soup as full meal idea then you’ll also love our vegan minestrone soup which is a full meal in one pot.
- Our vegan tomato soup and vegan tomato basil soup are both tomato soups but are totally different, try both if you’re a fan of tomatoes!
- Our vegan sweet potato soup and vegan potato leek soup are both creamy and delicious and our vegan cauliflower soup is ultra creamy.
- If you’re keen on another high protein option then our vegan lentil soup is the one to try.
So let me know what you think of this vegan split pea soup and please rate the recipe too! If you have any questions, fire away.
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Ultra creamy and smooth vegan split pea soup. This richly flavored soup is extremely hearty and satisfying and makes a delicious plant-based appetizer or entrée.
- Add the chopped onion and crushed garlic to a pot with the olive oil and oregano. Sauté until softened.
- Add the dried green split peas, chopped carrots and potatoes and the vegetable stock.
- Bring to the boil and then cover and turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for around 45 minutes, stirring now and again (be careful it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot) until everything is soft and cooked. It will become very thick, like a very thick stew.
- When cooked remove from the heat and blend with an immersion blender if you have one. If you don’t have one then either leave the soup chunky or transfer in stages to a blender jug and blend it.
- When blended it will be very thick and smooth. Now add in the coconut milk and stir in.
- Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve with chopped spring onions to garnish and bread for dipping.
*You can use dried yellow split peas as well, it won’t make any difference. I have used either/or with this soup.
*This is a very filling soup, so it will serve at least 8 as an appetizer or 6 as a main course.
- Category: Appetizer, Savory, Gluten-Free
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 Serving (of 8)
- Calories: 405
- Sugar: 7.4g
- Sodium: 521mg
- Fat: 11.5g
- Saturated Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 60.5g
- Fiber: 17g
- Protein: 15.5g
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