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A variation of pea soup is part of many cultures. In the 18th and 19th centuries, split pea soup played a prominent role in the British and Irish diets. Sailors loved eating peas, because they were inexpensive and stored easily in dried form. Both are still true today, which means peas remain a great staple food in modern times.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green split peas
  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon curry
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot with a lid, bring the split peas and the vegetable broth or water to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a sauté pan, sweat* the cauliflower, carrots, and onions until the cauliflower starts to brown and the onions become translucent, stirring frequently. If the veggies start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a little water as needed. Then add the spices and cook for a couple more minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the veggies into the split peas.
  3. Let the soup simmer for 30 minutes, or until it reaches your desired consistency. The longer the soup cooks, the more the split peas break down and the creamier the soup becomes. If it gets too thick, you can add more water or vegetable broth.

    Note: Sweating is a mix of sautéing and steaming. The idea is that the veggies “sweat” (release some of their natural water), creating enough moisture to soften and steam them in their own juices without adding any liquid. To sweat cut veggies, place them in a dry sauté pan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the desired consistency is reached, covering the pan when not stirring. If the veggies start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a little water or vegetable broth. You can also turn down the heat.

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Cynthia Engel1 month ago
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Great recipe for a chilly autumn day! The only change I made was to add several Tablespoons, of extra-virgin coconut oil, when “sweating” the added veggies. (As I have multiple sclerosis, 4-6 Tbsp. daily, of this oil, helps to alleviate the symptoms. Adding it to such a delicious soup? Makes this “treatment” doubly beneficial!). Many thanks.

Molly2 months ago
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I have cooked this recipe many times. However, I use yellow split peas instead of green bot no other reason than they are more aesthetically pleasing. Don’t we eat with our eyes?

Shela Arnholt6 months ago
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So delicious and hearty. The only amendment was adding a can of coconut milk. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you!

Colleen6 months ago
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This soup is very delicious. I really like the flavour from these spices. I used 4 c cauliflower, two carrots, about 2 cups potato pieces. Soup is still really thick.

Beverly8 months ago
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Very tasty soup. I blended some of the soup to make it creamier and put it back with the rest of the soup. Absolutely delicious, I will definitely make it again and again.

Shela9 months ago
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So delicious and comforting, we will be making this one again and again

Sharon B9 months ago
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This is deliciously hearty soup. The combination of spices give it a lovely earthiness. Two thumbs up!

stephanie9 months ago
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Delicious. Good combination of spices. Love the additional vegetables .

Sharon Stewart9 months ago
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Love it. Delicious and perfect seasoning.

Tappi9 months ago
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I really like Split Pea soup and this one is a winner. I used purple cauliflower which looked very pretty in the green soup.

Myrna Gonzalez Childress9 months ago
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This is excellent, so delicious. I did not have split peas so I used mung beans. You could use any lentil actually. Also I made this in the Instant Pot. I will be making it again.

Katy Sotomayor9 months ago
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So good! Just made it. I added a potato cut in small cubes and some diced red peppers to the veggies mixture and more masala spice than the recipe called for plus some sea salt. I love this dish!

Kery Beetham9 months ago
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Definitely going to make this, sounds delish, I just know I won’t be able to resist the urge to put 2 cups of red lentils in too lol.

Brenda Finn9 months ago
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Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it,

Catherine9 months ago
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You reviewed a recipe you haven’t even tried yet?

Cherie Rogers9 months ago
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Can you translate this delicious sounding recipe for the Instant Pot, Katie?

Robanero9 months ago
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delicious, filling and healthy!

Fran10 months ago
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This soup is my go to for comfort food and a great fall/winter dinner. My husband has always been a fan of split pea soup and he was very happy with this recipe.Many thanks for sharing!

Denice Shuty11 months ago
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Mine wasnt as thick as in the photo, but I am happy with how it turned out.

sylvi1 year ago
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awesome, thank you

Juliet Sebley1 year ago
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Absolutely delicious

Fran1 year ago
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Great, hearty soup on a rainy day. I amended the recipe for personal taste: reduced cumin, garlic powder, coriander; added 1×3 inch strip of Kombu and one large bay leaf. After cooking, removed kombu and bay leaf, flavors really melded together.

Peggy1 year ago
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This is becoming my go to fall soup recipe.
Using frozen cauliflower rice is a quick reduction to time as well. My son who loves more spice than we do really enjoyed it. I give it a 5/5

Sferd7 months ago
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Peggy–how much cauliflower rice do you use?

Rose1 year ago
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I don’t see a print option to print some of these recipes.

Peggy1 year ago
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If you look under the picture there is a save/print option. I can AirPrint from my device…works great if your printer is lined up. You can also save the recipe to your Meal Planner if you want a copy that way.

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Chef Katie Mae is the founder of The Culinary Gym, an online hub for learning, practicing, and mastering whole-food, plant-based cuisine. Since 2011, she has been teaching at TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s residential health programs. Witnessing patients radically transform their health inspired her to create an in-depth culinary curriculum to help people embrace a whole-food, plant-based diet at home. With a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and a personal passion for flavor science, Mae teaches how to prepare food that’s both health-promoting and mouthwatering. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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