Overhead shot of a large white bowl of split pea vegetable soup, with a spoon inside.

Split Pea Vegetable Soup

I love a protein packed meal, and this Split Pea Vegetable Soup is loaded. There are so many healthy benefits in split peas, and they taste great too!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword split pea soup, split pea vegetable soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 440 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 2 cups carrots - chopped
  • 1 cup celery - chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 3 cups yellow potatoes - chopped
  • 2 cups dried green split peas - rinsed and sorted
  • 8-9 cups chicken broth
  • 3 whole bay leaves
  • half and half - to serve, optional


  1. In a large stock pan on medium heat, add olive oil, onion, carrots, and celery. Saute for about five minutes, and then add garlic, onion powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir for about one minute.

  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add yellow potatoes, split peas, and bay leaves and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until split peas are soft, approximately 50-60 minutes.

  3. Test for seasonings, and add more if needed. Serve with a swirl of half and half, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  1. Unlike whole dried peas or beans, split peas do not need to be soaked. They also cook much faster than dried beans, and this recipe was complete in just over an hour.
  2. Chicken or ham could also be added, for even more protein.
  3. Leftovers are great if stored in the refrigerator, up to four days. You may need to add extra broth.
Nutrition Facts
Split Pea Vegetable Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1458mg63%
Potassium 1770mg51%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 25g104%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 8917IU178%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.