Split pea soup is always welcome soup in my home!
Growing up I ate it often, usually from a can, but gladly today I enjoy preparing my meals from scratch. Making your own soups is so much more rewarding and flavorful. These days, I definitely like to control what goes into my food.
Parsnip & Split Pea Soup
This parsnip and split pea soup recipe is easy to put together, delicious and hearty enough to fill you up. It’s adapted from Robin Robertson’s book entitled, ‘Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker’.
A few changes I’ve made:
- You’ll find slow-cooker and stovetop instructions.
- There’s also an oil-free and fat-free version.
- I added carrots and garlic because I love them both.
- I also added poultry seasoning that I’m finishing off. If you don’t have poultry seasoning you could just as well use Herbes de provence (which is a great all-around herb blend for soups as well, I always keep this one on hand), rosemary, thyme or savory.
With soup season under way, this recipe will be adapted to what I have on hand and used often!
Full of protein and fiber, split peas are a great way to meet your daily requirements of these important nutrients.
As a new vegan, I’m always looking for plant-based protein rich sources and these fit the bill with 8 grams of protein and fiber per 1/2 cup cooked.
They’re also a great source of manganese, copper, folate and vitamin B1. To top it off, they are low in fat. However you can get in your peas, enjoy them often!
More Thick and Hearty Soups
- A Very Good Split Pea Soup
- Creamy Broccoli + Red Lentil Soup
- Butternut Squash + Red Lentil Soup
- Roasted Fennel & Potato Soup
- Creamy Asparagus + Red Lentil Soup
PARSNIP & SPLIT PEA SOUP: SLOW-COOKER OR STOVETOP
- Cook Time: 1 hour - 8 hours
- Total Time: 1 hour - 8 hours
- Yield: Serves 4 - 6
- Category: Soup, Entree
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water (for water saute)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large parsnips, quartered and chopped
- 2 large carrots, quartered and chopped
- 1 pound dried green split peas (about 2 1/4 cup), picked over and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning or herb de provence, optional
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups water or vegetable broth, + more as needed
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional (I didn’t use any)
- mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
This soup can be prepared either of two ways along with a fat free, no oil option. One is in a slow cooker and the other on the stove which is how I prepared it.
Slow Cooker method:
Saute onions, garlic, carrots and parsnips with olive oil until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Place sauteed vegetables in slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients. Slow cook on low for 8 hours. Remove bay leafs and using a submersion blender, blend until desired consistency…blending more for creamy and less for chunky. Taste for seasoning.
Stove top method:
In large pot or stock pot, heat olive oil and saute onions, garlic, carrots and parsnips until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leafs and using a submersion blender, blend until desired consistency…blending more for creamy and less for chunky. Taste for seasoning.
Oil Free, Fat Free Method:
If you don’t want to saute, just add your lentils, vegetables, spices and liquids in the crock pot and turn on low, cook for 8 hours. If using stove top method, place all ingredients in pot, bring to boil and simmer for an hour.
Serve with whole grain or artisan bread. I just paired mine with some good seeded bread I had on hand and added some diced raw carrots on top which gave a nice freshness and crunch to the soup. Crumbled Coconut Bacon is also a nice topping.
Serves 4 – 6
This soup pictured here is what the consistency looks like the next day. Your soup right after cooking will be slightly thinner but still delicious! You could start with 5 cups of water if you’d like it really thick from the start, adding water as needed. Even the next day, I added a bit more more water as it was really thick after being in the refrigerator.
If you don’t have parsnips on hand, dice up a couple red, yukon gold or small russet potatoes. You could also use a couple extra carrots or add 2 stalks of celery instead.