This easy vegan split pea soup recipe is hearty, comforting, and unimpeachably wholesome.
Happy New Year! 2016 what now? We really enjoyed the holidays, but we’ve been busy enough that I haven’t yet had that necessary moment to pause, reflect on what’s ending and set the course for all that’s about to begin. That’s why I’m giving myself until Monday before diving into the stream of momentum and intentions that January brings. I’m thinking about doing a gentle reset for the next four weeks, eating and drinking with lightness and care, tweaking my fitness regimen for the winter and leaving lots of room for creativity and productivity. But for now, I’m sitting on a favorite chair with my feet up, wrapped in a cozy sweater, thinking about friends — and soup.
I’ve made this satisfying, flavorful vegan split pea soup maybe 10 times in the past year and countless times before that. But something possessed me to search for the recipe on Umami Girl as I set out to serve it to friends for New Year’s Day. I knew for sure I’d posted it a couple of years ago. I could see the photo in my head. Except, of course, no.
So. How about now? Is now good for you? Okay, great. Here you go.
Easy Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe with Turmeric
This satisfying, healthy vegan soup is so easy to make it may as well be instant ramen. [Insert that emoji with the toothy smile here.]
- 1 pound yellow split peas (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 medium carrots, diced
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, optional
- 2 bay leaves
- A few good grinds black pepper
- 8-10 cups good vegetable stock or water* (start with 8 and more toward the end of cooking if you like)
- Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish, optional
Rinse the split peas until the water runs clear. Place all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and simmer for about an hour and a half, until split peas are tender. That's it!
*My favorite ready-made vegetable stock by an upscale suburban mile is Imagine Organic Low Sodium No-Chicken Broth. It behaves just like a good chicken broth, without imparting any weird flavors, sweetness or colors to your dishes. Whole Foods carries it, or you can get it through my Amazon affiliate link.