February 9, 2014

Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup

Split pea soup sure doesn't like to sit pretty for a photograph! The ingredients pre-cooked? Gorgeous. But after they become soup? Well... you can see that transformation for yourself 😉 It may be a humble-looking soup (especially when blended which is our favorite way to enjoy it!) but don't let that deter you because the taste is DELICIOUS. This has been my daughter's most requested meal for the past 4 years now. I love adding sweet potatoes and smoked paprika - the soup is only 7 simple ingredients but it's packed with flavor. It makes a great vegan, gluten-free option with tons of fiber, protein, iron, and plenty of other goodness. The notes below mention it makes a pretty big batch so cut in half if desired! Hope you enjoy as much as we do 💚

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Inspired by Vegetarian Times

2 cups split peas (1 lb. bag)
1 large onion
1-2 carrots
2 medium sweet potatoes
4-5 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (or more to taste)
4 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
Salt to taste
Optional: celery, tomatoes, spinach, kale, chipotle, hot sauce for topping

Peel sweet potatoes. Dice onion, carrot, and sweet potatoes.
In a large stockpot over med-high heat, saute onion and carrot for 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and rinse split peas well.
Add sweet potatoes, garlic, and paprika to the pot. Stir and saute 1 minute.
Add vegetable broth, 3 cups water, and split peas.
Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour or until split peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
Salt to taste. Serve as is, or blend (our favorite!)*

If you prefer to blend, I recommend an immersion blender (this is the one I use). They're super convenient for soup. You could also do it in batches in a blender. Just use caution as hot foods may explode in blender.
Also, this makes a big batch! (We're soup monsters) 😊 Simply cut the recipe in half if desired!

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  1. This looks awesome and I am very excited to try it! Quick question...do you pre-soak the split peas or just add them in?

    1. Just toss 'em in! :) Glad you're excited - hope you love it!!

  2. I'll definitely be given this a try. I have about 1/2 bag of split peas to use up from an old recipe, and just bought a couple of sweet potatoes. I love all of the flavors and am sure it will be great.

    1. Hi Karen! Glad to hear you're going to give this a try! It's one of our very favorite soups and we make it all the time :) Hope you enjoy it just as much!!

  3. Can't wait to make this soup..thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay Carmen!! Hope you love it too :) Wishing you a beautiful week! -Kaitlin