Smoky Yellow Split Pea Soup

Smoky Yellow Split Pea Soup – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free Easy Vegan Comfort Food Recipe

Easy |  Servings: 6  |  Ready In: 45 minutes |  Yield: 8cups

Smoky, creamy , and completely satisfying… this vegan recipe is a cinch to make and freezes well.  Yellow split peas offer healthy nutrition, rich in fiber and protein.  This easy, gluten-free soup will feel like a warm hug.


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flake
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup yellow split peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

How it’s Done:

To make the Smoky Yellow Split Pea Soup: In a large pot, combine the onion, carrot, sweet potato, and celery. Add the turmeric, smoked paprika, red chili flake, and thyme. Cover and sweat vegetables over medium heat, 7-10 minutes, until onions are translucent and spices are aromatic. Stir often to prevent browning.
Rinse the split peas under running water until there is no foam.  Add the split peas to the pot.  Add the garlic, bay leaf, and water.
Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer until the split peas until completely tender, anywhere from 30-45 minutes, depending on how old the peas are.

To puree the soup: Remove the bay leaf.  Use an immersion blender or transfer the mixture to a standing blender. Puree until creamy.  Season liberally with salt and pepper. Taste to adjust seasoning.

Serve immediately.
Top with Creamy Dill Avocado dip for a cool finish.

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Is Rinsing Necessary? Rinsing the split peas helps remove grit and make the peas more digestible. You can soak the peas 4-12 hours to make them even easier to digest.

Turmeric Trick: Turmeric adds more bright, yellow color to this soup.  It doesn’t do much to the flavor, but chefs use it as a natural food color.

Slow Cooker: This soup is a cinch to make in your Slow Cooker.  Simply throw everything in and set on low for 6-8 hours.  Then, puree before serving.

Budget-Friendly: Split Peas are one of the most budget-friendly foods out there, so make a big batch of this when they’re on sale.

Make it a Stew: For a little texture in your soup, add some chopped or frozen vegetables. Green peas, diced zucchini, and baby spinach can all be added during the last minutes of cooking for chunky texture.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (about 1 1/2 cups)

Calories 161.53
Calories From Fat (3%) 5.22
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 0.62g <1%
  • Saturated Fat 0.1g <1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 68.73mg 3%
  • Potassium 629.66mg 18%
  • Total Carbohydrates 31.14g 10%
  • Fiber 11.04g 44%
  • Sugar 6.69g
  • Protein 9.27g 19%
  • Calcium 6.14mg <1%
  • Iron 59.6mg 331%
  • Vitamin A 10176.17IU 204%
  • Vitamin C 0.4mg <1

Shopping and Gear List

  • Benz’s Yellow Split Peas, Kosher, (Pack of 2), 16-Ounce Bag
  • CHIQUILIN Smoked Paprika, 75 GR
  • The Spice Hunter Thyme, Organic, 0.6-Ounce Jar
  • Rani Turmeric Root Powder Spice (Haldi) 3oz (85g)


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