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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword split pea, vegetarian soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 203 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

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

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 5g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 60.1%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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  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.

  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!

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