Super filling, healthy, easy, and delicious! This Light + Fresh Vegan Split Pea Soup is so comforting and cozy. It is perfect if you’re on a budget, if you want to meal prep for the week, want to put together a healthy meal but have limited ingredients on hand, the list goes on.
Light and Fresh Vegan Split Pea Soup [Vegan]
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium-sized white onion, finely chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, pressed
- 3 medium-sized celery stocked, chopped
- 2 medium-sized carrots, sliced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1–2 tablespoons vegetable stock paste (If you do not have a vegetable stock paste, simply use vegetable stock and substitute it for the boiling water. Add as much as you desire. More for a more brothy soup, less for a thicker, heartier, stew-like soup!)
- 2 cups par-cooked split peas (it's best to soak the split peas in water for 4 hours before cooking. Strain and drain from soaking water then cook for 20 minutes before adding to the soup. You can use lentils if you don’t have access to split peas.)
- 1/4 cup vegan ham, chopped
- 1/4 cup smoked tofu, cubed
- 2 bay leafs
- 8 cups boiling water or add as desired
- Garnish with fresh thyme, red chili flakes and lemon
- To a large pot, heat the olive oil for 30 seconds before adding the onion. Cook down for 5 minutes on low heat. You do not want your onions to brown too much, so keep a close eye on them and stir often.
- To the pot, add the minced garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook them for 5 minutes with the lid on stirring often to avoid burning.
- Increase heat to medium-high and add the sea salt, pepper, thyme, stock paste, splits peas, “ham”, tofu and bay leaves to the pot. Stir till every ingredient is well coated with vegetable stock paste and seasonings. Cook down for 3-4 minutes before checking carrots for tenderness. If fork-tender, increase heat to high and add water. If not, cook for another 3-4 minutes or until soft! Then, bring the soup to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes or until split peas are perfectly tender.
- Serve with fresh lemon, thyme, and red chili flakes.