These days, meal prep is king. While everyone tries the latest and greatest life hacks for efficiency, few can argue that prepping your week’s meals in advance can save a lot of time and headache. Whether you’re living the single life with three jobs or a stay at home mom, everyone can benefit from prepping some grab-and-go meals to use throughout their week. I’ve done a quite a few one pot recipes in the past to save time on meal prep, but I’d never done a vegan split pea soup until now.
My mom used to cook split pea soup from scratch. I have vivid memories of the aroma of ham and peas wafting through the house to greet me after school. For this recipe, I decided to do a kind of smokey vegan take on mom’s traditional split pea soup. I’ve been craving spicy food like crazy so I implemented some paprika and hot sauce to add some heat to the recipe. I love this vegan split pea soup because it’s really nutritious and high in fiber so it’s filling as a stand-alone entree and can be taken as leftovers for lunch super easily.
Actually, I have this amazing tiny crock pot that I take to work. It holds probably 16 oz. or so and I love it. I just plug it right in when I get to work and by lunch time the contents are hot! I haven’t tried cooking in it but it’s amazing for heating leftovers.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Vegan Split Pea Soup!
Vegan Split Pea SoupPrint Recipe
- 8 celery stalks, diced
- 4 medium carrots, diced
- 1 large onion chopped (yellow or white)
- 6 cloves of garlic minced (or 2 tbsp, jarred minced)
- 2 lbs. of split peas (this is usually two bags, don't forget to rinse!)
- 2 tbsp. paprika (or more to taste)
- 3 tbsp. of a hot sauce like Tapatio (or more to taste)
- 7 pints of water (or 14 cups)
- 8 vegan bouillon cubes
- *You can substitute a vegetable stock for the water and bouillon cubes if desired
- Garnish: Paprika, sesame seeds, caramelized onions
In a large pot sauté your carrots, celery, garlic, and onions until the onions are soft and translucent
Add your water and bouillon or vegetable stock, split peas, and any additional starches you intend to use. Bring to a full boil
Add your paprika and hot sauce if desired. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally
Garnish with paprika and sesame seeds or caramelized onions if desired and serve!
If you have extra starches laying around you can add potatoes (cubed or diced) and rice or other grains like barley at the same time you add the split peas. This will add more bulk and calories but can extend the use of the recipe if you have a large family or are trying to budget extra for meals.