Why I love this Split Pea Soup

  • Its fast and easy to make – only about 10 minutes of prep time and about 20-30 minutes of cooking time.
  • It’s made from inexpensive ingredients from your pantry and freezer
  • It’s nutritious — each serving packs 9 grams each of fiber and protein and is virtually fat free and low in sodium.
  • It’s absolutely delicious and satisfying for a Meatless Monday dinner or packed for weekday lunches

I make this soup 2-3 times each month and its a big winner in my book.  Using frozen pre-chopped carrots, onions and celery really speeds up the prep.  I prefer to use fresh vegetables but usually there isn’t time on a weeknight to peel and chop so keeping a few bags of this pre-chopped soup starter in the freezer makes it possible to whip up real soup, real fast.

Budget-wise it’s also a winner — I comparison shopped our local grocery stores this past week and I say with confidence the basic ingredients can be picked up at at WinCo or Walmart for about $4 a pot or .40 cents for a one cup serving.  That’s a whole lot of healthy, tasty and satisfying food for not a whole lot of cost.  Its great with a crusty bread and a crisp salad and is yummy over a baked russet or sweet potato.

Below are the ingredients for the soup organized and ready to use, the French call this laying out of the ingredients prior to cooking mise-en-place. The Rouxbe Forks Over Knives cooking course I took last winter emphasized the importance of reading through the recipe and gathering all the ingredients before starting the food prep.  I was always a seat-of-my-pants cook before.  Can’t tell you how many times part way through making a dish I discovered a key ingredient was missing or I added an ingredient at the wrong time.  Since adopting the mise-en-place method, cooking is actually easier, more enjoyable and results in better tasting food (and cuts way down on last minute shopping trips!).

ingredients for split pea soup
ingredients for split-pea soup


1 pound dry split peas

3 medium yellow potatoes cut in cubes

1-10 oz bag of Raleys Mirepoix Vegetable Blend (or 1 large carrot, 1 medium onion, 1 stalk of celery diced)

1-Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika

2- Low sodium vegetable bouillon cubes (or 4 Cups of vegetable broth)

8-cups of water

2-bay leaves

1-teaspoon Colgin’s Liquid Smoke flavoring (optional)


  1. Turn on the Instant Pot to Saute or heat a soup pot on medium
  2. Add the mirepoix vegetable blend or the chopped carrots, onions and celery
  3. stir until onions become translucent and vegetables are slightly softened — about five minutes
  4. Add the cubed potatoes
  5. Rinse the split peas under cool running water and examine and remove any foreign material, add to pot
  6. Add the bouillon cubes  and paprika to the pot
  7. Add 8 cups of water to the pot
  8. If you are using the instant pot, unplug the pot and secure the pressure lid. Select Soup and set time for 15 minutes.
  9. If you are using a stovetop soup pot, bring the pot to a simmer and cover with a tilted lid for about 20-30 minutes until split peas are at desired tenderness.
  10. After cooking stir in a tablespoon of Colgin’s Liquid Smoke — this together with the smoked paprika gives the soup a nice smokey flavor.

Enjoy with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and a little hot sauce.

bowl of split pea soup
split pea soup
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One thought on “Easy, Budget-friendly, and Tasty Split Pea Soup

  • June 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Okay, I must admit…. I am NOT a pea fan. In fact, I was one of those children that would cleverly deposit my peas in my napkin at dinnertime rather than try to gag them down with a glass of milk to please my parents. HOWEVER….the other day at work, I didn’t bring lunch and I didn’t have time to go out to get something prior to a scheduled meeting off site. Barbara just happened to bring a large portion of her homemade split pea soup. When she asked if I would like some, I wanted to say, “No…yuck…I don’t like peas!” but having viewed other vegan dishes Barbara brought to work I declared a firm, “sure!” I must confess, I loved this split pea soup. The addition of the cubed potatoes changes the texture of the soup. This version of split pea soup is thicker, heartier and more fulfilling. I thank Barbara for her generosity and for this delicious healthy recipe. I am now working on convincing my husband to try it. 🙂


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