spilt pea soup


a few months ago i headed out to run some errands in my brooklyn neighborhood, fort greene. i realized midway through my list of things to do, that i was super hungry and cold! i decided to walk over to the only vegan bakery around for a warm bowl of soup. i was hoping they’d have a hearty lentil or split pea. i stood in line for 10 minutes & when i finally go to the counter the girl told me they did not have any more soup! i was set on having soup & nothing else sounded good–even though their baked goods are delicious!

as i was walking back towards my apartment, i somehow decided i’d just have to go home & make it myself. i stopped at 3 markets along the way to get all the ingredients i needed, which really wasn’t that much…that’s just how it goes around here especially if you’re looking for organic produce! hours later, i sat down to eat the most delicious split pea soup i have ever tasted. that said, i haven’t had that many bowls of split pea soup and at this point i was starving! but, still it was damn good! unfortunately, i did not write down the ingredients i used or proportions or anything. this is why i need a blog! so, i decided to recreate the split pea soup with a few modifications(listed below) mainly because of my sugar/white carb cleanse.

split pea soup

5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 leeks, cleaned & sliced
2 cups green split peas, rinsed
1 large or 2 small red potatoes, diced*
2 carrots, diced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste-i like it spicy
4 cups vegetable stock or water, or a combo of both
sea salt & black pepper to taste
tempeh bacon, baked until crisp**
olive oil

  • combine split peas, potatoes, onion, leeks, garlic, carrots, paprika and cayenne in a large soup pot.
  • cover with water, vegetable stock or a combination of both.
  • bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, partially covered for 45 minutes or until peas are soft. add a little water/stock if it starts to get too dry or starts to stick to the pot.
  • blend half to all of the soup depending on your desired consistency. i ended up blending it all until smooth.
  • return to the soup pot and season with sea salt and black pepper, adding more cayenne and/or paprika if needed.
  • garnish with lemon juice, olive oil and tempeh bacon.

and voila! soup:


just kidding! that’s don pablo, the 3-legged wonder kitty. he’s a big fan of that blue soup pot. i keep thinking he’s going to outgrow it soon but he still squeezes in there. i think it’s his consolation for not always being able to make the jump to the window sill. more on him some other time, now back to soup stuff…

*i used the  potatoes the first time, but omitted them for the second version. the potatoes add a delightful creamy texture but doesn’t change the taste. if you are avoiding a carb overload, you could replace the potatoes with turnips or cauliflower(yum! cauliflower!).
**i rarely cook with tempeh and it is a completely optional ingredient in this recipe. in fact, when i initially made the soup, it was the first time purchasing tempeh bacon. i usually avoid any processed foods, especially at home. that said, it adds great texture & depth to this soup & i recommend trying it…but i garnished with fresh thyme the second time around & that was yummy, too!

in case you were wondering what running errands in my world looks like, here’s a beautiful video made by soul of brooklyn, a group/initiative created by mocada. that’s my block at 0:13, right when the narrator says “these tree lined blocks”. can’t wait til there’s leaves on those trees!!



8 thoughts on “spilt pea soup

  1. Thank you soo much for this recipe – this will be my new staple fix as the winter just seems to drag on – thank you thank you thank you )
    First time I made it there were no leaks in Russian supermarkets and I failed to locate green split peas so I left out the leeks and replaced green split peas by yellow ones. The consistency was thicker – but still delicious – a bit like a vegan “cassoulet”

  2. I just got some split peas but haven’t picked out a recipe yet. This looks really good! Your whole blog looks amazing and wonderful. Also your cat is cracking me up. 🙂

      • i’m 99.9% sure i will love the soup! i was taking stock of things today (badum bum) and realized i might have to wait until next week to make it, but i will let you know how it turns out! 🙂
        i hope you have lots of pictures of Pablito in your blog. 🙂

  3. Hi and thanks for following my blog! This sounds great, and I love that it uses ingredients I almost always have on hand. Except I’ve never tried tempeh bacon before, do you do anything special to get it to cook up all crispy or just toss it in the oven and walk away?

    Also your cat is hilarious! 🙂

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