Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours


7 servings

Updated: Jul. 14, 2023
Even the pickiest eater will request this vegetarian split pea soup recipe time and again. Thick and well-seasoned, it's a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber and protein. It's wonderful with a slice of crusty French bread. —Michele Doucette, Stephenville, Newfoundland
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: Shredded carrots and sliced green onions


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 9 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until peas are tender, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add salt and pepper; simmer 10 minutes longer. Remove soup from heat; cool slightly. Process in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth; return to pan and heat through. If desired, garnish with carrots and green onions.
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Tips
Do split peas need to be soaked?
For this split pea soup recipe, you do not need to soak the peas. (Find even more split pea soup recipes!)
Is split pea soup healthy?
Packed with protein and fiber, this split pea soup recipe is very healthy. If you're looking for another similar healthy vegetarian soup recipe, we recommend trying out this Vegetarian Pea Soup.
What can I use instead of split peas?
If you're not a split pea fan, no worries. Try substituting the split peas for dried lentils instead! And if you have leftover lentils to spare, try using them up in these vegetarian lentil recipes.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Alicia Rooker, Taste of Home Recipe Editor and Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 771mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 15g fiber), 14g protein.

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