Curried Split Pea Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free)

Creamy, comforting vegan split pea soup made in one pot with 11 ingredients. Serve it with bread, quinoa, or rice for a simple, healthy, and delicious meal!

Although we don’t really have seasons over here in California, it’s still been pretty chilly in the evenings and some nights all I crave are warm, cozy soups and stews. And maybe you’ve noticed that I really like curry. My boyfriend, however, is a huge split pea soup fan. Now, I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten split pea soup, and my only knowledge of it is Pea Soup Anderson’s on I-5. Nevertheless, I bought a bag of split peas at the store and decided to give it a shot. And guess what? This soup is now on my weekly rotation and split peas are a must-have in the pantry. Hello creamy, cozy, curried split peas.

split pea soup ingredients

This vegan curried split pea soup requires 11 main ingredients:

  • split peas ⟶ I used green split peas but I imagine other kinds will work, too.
  • curry powder ⟶ The main flavor in this soup, so use any brand/blend that you like.
  • unsweetened cashew butter ⟶ makes the soup creamy and thick. You can substitute with coconut cream if necessary.
  • tomato paste & nutritional yeast ⟶ add umami and enhance the flavor
  • onion, carrots, celery, garlic ⟶ These are the aromatics and essential for adding depth and flavor to the soup. For optimal flavor, cook them in a bit of olive oil (about 1 tbsp).
  • bay leaf ⟶ another flavor enhancer. Make sure you take it out at the end before serving as it’s too tough to eat.
  • vegetable broth ⟶ to bring it all together and cook the split peas. You can use water if you don’t have veg broth, but it will be less flavorful. I use Better Than Bouillon, a vegetable base that you mix with water to create vegetable broth. One jar makes 19 quarts of veg broth and it lasts a long time in the fridge!
  • I added some parsley on top to garnish, but this is totally optional.

cooking tips

olive oil ⟶ If you’re not strict about oil, I recommend cooking the vegetables in about a tablespoon of olive oil. The oil helps bring out their flavors more.

bay leaf ⟶ Simmer the bay leaf for 30-60 minutes. After an hour most of the flavor is released, so at this point you can take out the bay leaf (it’s too tough to eat).

do I need to soak split peas? ⟶ nope! Though you can soak them to speed up cooking time, unsoaked split peas will cook in about 30-60 minutes.

how to serve split pea soup

This split pea soup is a great source of plant-based protein and fat. To round out your meal, serve this soup with:

complex carbs ⟶ try whole grain bread, quinoa, or brown rice!

vegetables ⟶ salad, steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, stir fried spinach, or any other veggies you like

healthy fat ⟶ avocado in salad or on toast, nuts (walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, almonds) in salad, or you can even try dolloping some vegan yogurt on the soup

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Curried Split Pea Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free)

Creamy, comforting vegan split pea soup made in one pot with 11 ingredients. Serve it with bread, quinoa, or rice for a simple, healthy, and delicious meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green split peas rinsed
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • optional garnishes: parsley, smoked paprika, vegan yogurt

Instructions

  • Add olive oil or a splash of water to a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté about 3 minutes, until onions turn to translucent. Add carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Stir in split peas, curry powder, and nutritional yeast and cook 30 seconds, then add vegetable broth. Stir in tomato paste until well combined, then add bay leaf. Bring soup to a boil then lower to simmer for 30-60 minutes, until split peas are tender.
  • When the split peas are cooked, remove bay leaf and stir in cashew butter until dissolved, then turn off the heat. Taste and add salt/pepper as needed. Garnish as desired and serve warm.

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