Easy Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe with Turmeric

This easy vegan split pea soup recipe is hearty, comforting, and unimpeachably wholesome.

Easy Vegan Split Pea Soup with Turmeric | Umami Girl

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.  

The missing split pea soup recipe

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.


This easy vegan split pea soup is naturally gluten-free. It’s whole-food plant-based-no-oil friendly, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

Easy Vegan Split Pea Soup 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.] And now, you can make it in the Instant Pot, too.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Serves Serves 6


  • 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


Stovetop Instructions

  1. 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!

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Rinse the split peas until the water runs clear. Place all ingredients into a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot, using 8 cups broth. Set vent to sealing position and cook on manual, high pressure, for 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes before doing a manual release. Give it a stir and you're good to go.


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.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 329 Total Fat:: 1.1g Carbohydrates:: 61.9g Fiber:: 22.4g Protein:: 20.2g

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