Vegan Split Pea Soup

Soups are perhaps the one vegetarian food item that die-hard meat eaters will slurp down without hesitation. After all, many of us grew up eating vegetable soup, bean soup, and even meatless lentil soup. But split pea soup without the ham is another story. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked HOW can we make a meatless split pea soup – it’s just a tough concept to understand. But I think we have it figured out!  We make five vegan soup mixes including a split pea with no ham or sausage, no chicken broth or chicken fat-  just split peas, vegetables, herbs and red wine. It’s a winning combination. Our Red Wine Split Pea Soup mix outsold all others last year – by a large margin.

Red Wine Split Pea Soup

Usually I make it by just adding water, but last night I decided to doctor it up a bit.

So, into my trusty Dutch oven I added: the split pea soup mix (green peas, yellow peas, tomatoes, carrots), the seasoning mix (it includes rosemary, orange peel, and red wine solids), some sliced fingerling potatoes that had seen better days, some additional chopped carrots (doing everything I can to improve my eyesight!), and half a red bell pepper, chopped. I added 8 cups of water and I also added 1 tsp liquid smoke.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 50 minutes, or until the peas are as soft as you like. I find some people like their peas cooked down to mush while others like them still a little crunchy. Pour 1/4 cup red wine into the pot and stir, then serve.

Red Wine Split Pea Soup

This was a belly-warming, cholesterol-lowering, mouth-watering meal that took practically no effort.  Better yet, it is practically impossible to find a prepared split pea soup or a split pea soup mix that is vegan AND fat-free AND light in sodium. This version meets all those requirements. And it’s another great way to celebrate National Soup Month. Enjoy!

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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  1. vegckry says:

    Sounds interesting! Here are some lentil soups you might like:

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