Vegan split pea soup in bowl with spoon & napkin.
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5 from 2 votes

Home-style vegan split pea soup

When the weather gets cold, I crave satiating meals-in-a-bowl like homestyle split pea soup. You can’t beat hearty soups that deliver a lot of flavor and make your insides feel cozy and soothed.
Keep in mind that although it's a long cooking time, most of it is hands off. You can set it and forget it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: meatless
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson



  • In a large soup pot, add organic canola oil and bring to a medium heat. Sauté garlic, carrots, celery and onion for about five minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the water, bouillon cube, split peas, barley, coriander, basil, and thyme to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Once it is simmering, reduce the heat to low, stir, and cover with lid.
  • Keep the soup covered and cooking for 45 to 60 minutes. Depending on the age of your split peas, the seal of your pot, and the heat of the low setting on the stove, the soup may be done anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes or more. (For me, it usually takes about 45 minutes.) The soup is done when the split peas are soft, mushy, and falling apart. If it looks like you'll run out of liquid before the split peas are totally softened, add more water as necessary and adjust spices accordingly.
  • When finished, add smoked salt or liquid smoke, and salt and pepper to taste. (If you really love smoky flavors, add BOTH smoked salt & liquid smoke.)



This soup is lovely on its own. Or top it with sliced green onions and your favorite browned veggie bacon, seitan pastrami, or vegan ham.
Any leftover vegan split pea soup will continue to thicken in the refrigerator. So you may want to add a splash of water when reheating for a soupier soup.
Vegan split pea soup freezes well. When you're ready to eat it, let it thaw in the refrigerator. Then add a splash of water and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
Keep in mind that if you add something dense like potato to this soup, you will need to add extra water, because potato absorbs water as it cooks.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5205IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4.1mg