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February 9, 2015

by Alyssa

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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Pulling out the slow cooker on a Monday morning is pretty much my favorite thing. Especially in the dead of winter when all I want for dinner is something warm and comforting. It helps that the recipes you tend to make in slow cookers are just that: warm and comforting.

Like this vegetarian split pea soup.

It's soothing. It's nourishing. It's everything that you want a slow cooker meal to be.


The base of this tasty soup is obviously split peas. But what are so great about split peas you might wonder?

First, unlike what many people think, split peas are actually part of the legume family – like beans! – and are peas that have been harvested, dried and then split. Unlike many beans, split peas are super easy and quick to make at home, so if you don't have time for a slow cooker meal, this soup can also just be made on the stove (in about 30 minutes).

Split peas are really high in fiber, have a good amount of protein and also contain some good B vitamins and iron. Essentially, they're an all around awesome ingredient! And what's even better is that you can find them in almost any grocery store – either in the bulk section or in a package like the ones that Bob's Red Mill sells.

And as many dried beans, they're friendly on the wallet!


If you aren't familiar with split pea soup – which I'm sure that you probably are – it doesn't tend to be vegetarian. In fact, more often than not you'll find it loaded with meat like ham, bacon and cooked with chicken broth.

And unfortunately for those of us who are eating vegetarian this week (have you joined our challenge?), the meat is where a lot of the flavor comes from in this soup. So making a vegetarian would need a little bit of testing.

My secret weapon with imparting a rich, “meaty” flavor is….MUSHROOMS!

Mushrooms, weather fresh, dried or in broth form, are very flavorful and lend a meat-like quality to any dish. For vegetarian soups, like this split pea version, using a blend of vegetable and mushroom broths makes skipping the meat totally worth it.

In fact, I'd like to take a bet that you wouldn't even miss it!


Plus, the fact that all you have to do is just put ingredients into a slow cooker and turn it on…does it get any better?

A big bowl will warm your bones and fill your tummy with vegetarian goodness.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

It's soothing. It's nourishing. It's everything that you want a slow cooker meal to be.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 203kcal
Author Alyssa
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5 from 1 vote



  • Add all ingredients into a slow cooker in the order listed and stir to combine.
  • Cook on high for 4 - 6 hours or on low for 6 - 8.
  • Serve with a slice of toasted bread or your favorite salad.


If you don't have time to cook this in your slow cooker, simply saute the vegetables until soft then add peas, broth and spices, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 30 - 40 minutes until the peas are starting to break down and are soft.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3005IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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This post was sponsored by the awesome folks over at Bob's Red Mill. Thanks for supporting the companies and brands that promote the healthy, sustainable lifestyle that I believe in and share on SQ!

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. This is my favorite soup. I’ve made it several times since finding this recipe, and it is my go-to comfort soup. It’s gotten me through cold days and illnesses when it’s the only thing I’d eat. It’s filling and delicious! Thank you for this simple, wonderful recipe.

    • So glad you enjoy it! Makes me so happy to hear that it’s brought you comfort when you weren’t feeling your best 🙂

  2. That that sounds really tasty. There really is a meal there too and I can pootle about all day without bothering, perfect.
    I love this meal plan thing and I shall be choosing quite a lot I think as I do need a bit of organising.
    It has been a little while now since you did the brave thing, you know, going full time, hope all is going well. I’m am enjoying the site and learning so much so I love it!

  3. Hey there comfort food! I haven’t cooked split peas in a long time! This looks like the perfect remedy for that!


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