Hey Everyone! I hope that you are all doing good and enjoying your weeks.
I have mentioned it before but I love homemade soup, it is one of my favorite things; what you may not know is that my favorite kind is pea soup. Growing up one of my favorite things was after a large family dinner like Easter, my Auntie would take the leftover ham and make the BEST pea soup. Now that I have converted my diet, I thought I would try and make a plant based version without the ham. What really works with this soup is the sweet potato which acts as a wonderful substitute and it is difficult to tell the difference, keep reading for the recipe!
Vegan Split Pea Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Cook Time: 1 hour/ TOTAL Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Plant Based/Vegan/Soup/Dinner
*2 Cups of Split Peas
*1 Large Onion (Diced)
*2 Ribs of Celery (Chopped)
*1 Red Bell Pepper (Chopped)
*1 Yellow Bell Pepper (Chopped)
*2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
*1 Cup of Carrots (Chopped)
*1 Large Sweet Potato (Chopped)
*6 Cups of Vegetable Broth
*1/2 tsp of Oregano (Fresh or Dried)
*1/2 tsp of Dill (Fresh or Dried)
*1/2 tsp of Paprika
*1/2 tsp of Dried Basil
*1 Bay Leaf
*Salt to Taste
*Pepper to Taste
*Olive Oil (For Garnish)
*Coconut Yogurt (For Garnish)
*Start by chopping up the celery, bell peppers, carrots and sweet potato and dicing the onion.
*In a large stock pot over medium-high heat add the onions, celery, bell peppers and carrots with a bit of the vegetable stock. Cook for around 10 minutes stirring occasionally until veggies start to soften and the onion is translucent.
*Add in the garlic, oregano, dill, paprika and basil to the pot, stir to coat the veggies evenly. Cook for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally so the garlic does not burn.
*Pour in the vegetable broth, sweet potato, split peas and the bay leaf. Stir to combine.
*Turn down heat to medium low and simmer the soup for 45-50 minutes covered until the split peas begin to soften and pop and the sweet potato is soft enough to puncture it with a fork. Remove the bay leaf.
*Once the soup has cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the soup, I like to leave mine a bit chunky but it is up to you how you want the consistency of your soup! If you do not have an immersion blender, a regular blender will work as well! Just make sure that your blender is able to blend up things that are hot, the one that I have does not so I need to wait for things to cool before I can use it.
*After the soup has been blended, place into bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe, I have made this a few times now because it is so good! This is a thick and hearty soup and is perfect for an easy dinner or to have for lunch as leftovers as it is so easy to heat up. Like I mentioned, pea soup reminds me of growing up and the family dinners we would have when I was a kid. This soup is perfect to make in the middle of the week as there is a lot leftover for dinners or to freeze for a meal when you are in a rush. To me, this is the ultimate comfort meal and brings back great memories; I am curious, what dish or meal brings you the most comfort? Let me know in the comments below!